Racial profiling has been prominent in American culture for a very long time but is becoming disturbingly more familiar on college campuses. This was recently the case at the prestigious Yale University.
Siyonbola, a current graduate student at Yale University was napping in her Yale common room when fellow Yale student, Braasch, called the police on her stating that she was not where she “belonged”. According to Siyonbola, this was not the first incident fellow student Braasch has called the police for racial reasons. Other incidences of racial discrimination on Braasch’s side can be seen in a case in February when she called the police on another Black student at Yale after he merely asked her for directions.
Siyonbola was shocked that someone would be so blinded by racist ways to waste police resources and believe that Braasch should be punished for her behavior. Furthermore, this incident has stirred up much uproar on the Yale campus. Many students have come forward claiming that Braasch has a history of mental problems to try and justify her actions towards her Black classmates, but the Yale administration is still going forward in deciding on a punishment for her unacceptable punishment. Black students at Yale have also come together to protest these injustices.
Beyond the Yale campus, incidences like these have been popping up more frequently than ever around the U.S. and it only begs to question, why? Recently, two black women and a black man was arrested in their California B&B for “looking suspicious” whilst two more black men were arrested in a Starbucks for not ordering anything in which they were then deemed as “dangerous”. Starbucks and other major companies have taken action towards reconciliation but some also ask if these actions are enough.
These and other incidents comes to show how many Americans have a deep rooted bias that can sometimes go unnoticed and a long way to go when it comes to racial discrimination. It also shows how racial profiling is still very present in today’s and future generations that have been taught to know better.
Serene Sng, Grade 11
Palisades Charter High School