An employee of Smith College in Northampton, Mass. called the police on Oumou Kanoute who was enjoying her lunch in a common area because…she “seemed to be out of place”…
“A Smith College employee called the police on a black student who was eating lunch in a common area because she “seemed to be out of place,” the school said.
The student, Oumou Kanoute, is working at Smith College as a teaching assistant and residential adviser over the summer. She said she was taking a break from work on Tuesday when a police officer approached her and asked why she was there.
“I did nothing wrong, I wasn’t making any noise or bothering anyone,” Kanoute wrote in a Tuesday Facebook post. “All I did was be black.”
Kanoute said the incident made her “nervous” and caused emotional distress to her.
“No student of color should have to explain why they belong at prestigious white institutions,” Kanoute wrote. “I worked my hardest to get into Smith, and I deserve to feel safe on my campus.”
Someone needs to explain to me why a black student would look out of place at a liberal arts college in Massachusetts.
I would say lunch monitor loser is the one out of place….