Is It Illegal To Take A Nap While Black?
A black Yale University graduate student was interrogated by campus police officers early Tuesday after a white student found her sleeping in a common room of their dorm and called police.
The black student, Lolade Siyonbola, had fallen asleep in the dorm's common area while writing a paper when a white student voiced suspicions about an innocuous person of color.
According to Siyonbola, she was working on a paper in the Hall of Graduate Studies when she fell asleep in a common room. Another female student came in, turned on the lights and told her, "You're not supposed to be sleeping here. I'm going to call the police."
The altercation was caught on videotape and posted on Lolade social media.
"I deserve to be here. I pay tuition like everybody else," an annoyed Siyonbola told responding officers in one video after they asked for her ID. "I'm not going to justify my existence here."
Posted at 1:50 a.m., has more than 480,000 views, 7,500 shares and 12,000 comments of this outraged racial profiling that we all become too familiar with today.