Smith College Employee Called Police On Black Student Eating Lunch

May 2018
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Busted for going to school while black:

A third-party investigator will conduct a “thorough review” of an incident at Smith College in which an employee called the police to report a person who “seemed to be out of place” after seeing a black student eating lunch in a building on campus, the school’s president announced late Thursday.

In a statement addressed to Smith’s students, staff, and faculty, Kathleen McCartney apologized to the student, who wrote on Facebook about how she was approached by a school officer on Tuesday afternoon during her lunch break from her summer job.

“I was very nervous, and had a complete meltdown after this incident,” Oumou Kanoute, who identified herself as the student involved, wrote. “It’s just wrong and uncalled for. No student of color should have to explain why they belong at prestigious white institutions. I worked my hardest to get into Smith, and I deserve to feel safe on my campus.”

The school has said there was “nothing suspicious about the student’s presence.”

In the letter, McCartney sought to assure the rising sophomore that she “belongs in all Smith spaces.”

“Although Smith has been and continues to be committed to promoting a just and inclusive environment for all members of our community, we continue to fall short even as we continue to make progress,” she wrote. “But when we fall short in our responsibility to support our students, it is a particularly hard moment for all of us.”

In addition to bringing in an outside investigator, McCartney said that, starting this fall, every Smith staff member will be required to participate in anti-bias training, and a series of workshops will be held for school employees on “… topics of identity, inclusion, bias-response and bias-prevention.” The school’s Office of Inclusion Diversity and Equity will also work with campus police to “strengthen the protocols by which they triage, assess and respond to calls for assistance.”

According to the college, students of color comprise 32.4 percent of the undergraduate student body.

On Thursday, Kanoute wrote on Facebook that while she appreciates the college’s efforts, the response has been “incomplete.” The student said she would be unable to move forward from the incident without having the school give her the name of the employee who contacted police and an apology during a meeting with that employee and the college.
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She deserves to know who did this. The employee's name should be released.
 
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May 2018
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Just another sign of the resurgent Jim Crow movement.
Yep, and I'm sorry but if someone calls the police on you for doing nothing, you deserve to know who that person is. That person needs to be taken to task for what they did and explain themselves.
 

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