Smith College Empl. Calls PoPo on Student Eating Lunch While Black – she “seemed to be out of place”

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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”…

Huffington Post

“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.”

Her Facebook Post is here.



Kanoute said the incident made her “nervous” and caused emotional distress to her.