I just sent the following email to Johns Hopkins University President Daniels:
Dear President Daniels,
It pains me to have to write this letter to you, but I feel compelled to do so.
My name is Sarah Braasch, and I am the PhD Candidate in Philosophy at Yale who is the purported villain of the Living or Napping While Black Incident at Yale. In point of fact, I am the entirely innocent victim of the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale, and the Yale Administration and Police were complicit. My life and lifelong human and civil rights academic and legal careers were destroyed, I’ve been in hiding for more than 2 years, and I can’t tell you how many times I almost committed suicide.
It pains me to have to tell you that Professors Vesla Weaver and Chris Lebron participated, in no small part, in the global vilification and defamation campaign against me.
Please know that I was a member of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School at the time of the Hate Crime Hoax, and Tom Tyler, the father of Procedural Justice, was my advisor. Of course, Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler, the Co Directors of the Justice Collaboratory, were both part of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Vesla Weaver, a longtime friend and collaborator of Meares, is currently a member of the Justice Collaboratory.
Additionally, I organized an explicitly anti-racism conference with my advisor, Jason Stanley, the Joyce Mitchell Cook Conference, honoring the first African American woman to obtain a PhD in Philosophy at Yale. I worked closely with Professor Lebron while organizing this conference.
Both Professors Vesla Weaver and Chris Lebron knew me, and I would even say that Professor Lebron knew me well at one point, and they both knew me as a profoundly committed anti-racism activist. Moreover, I was a graduate student working with them as faculty.
Their betrayal of me devastated me.
After the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale, Professors Weaver and Lebron used me as a proxy to get revenge against Yale, because they were angry that Professor Lebron had been denied tenure at Yale. They knew that they were telling disgusting lies about me that were endangering my life and destroying my lifelong human and civil rights academic and legal careers. They didn’t care about destroying an entirely innocent anti-racism graduate student; they only cared about getting revenge against Yale.
Professor Weaver wrote a patently ridiculous vox dot com article, which she tried to pass off as scholarship. Chris Lebron actively promoted this article, including on social media, and he explicitly named me as an egregious racist when doing so. I was in a state of shock. I know for a fact that Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley contacted Professor Weaver, to ask her to retract her ridiculous article, because it was riddled with lies, not, mind you, to help me, but only to protect Yale, because it was clear that Professor Weaver had written this article and used me to wreak vengeance upon Yale. I know for a fact that Professor Vesla Weaver told Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley that she had ZERO intention of altering a single word of her ridiculous and grossly defamatory vox dot com article.
I cannot express the devastation I felt at being used in this way and betrayed by two Professors with whom I had worked as an anti-racism activist. I am still struggling to regain some semblance of my life and career. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, I have had to endure yet another global vilification and defamation campaign against me. I have had to go back into hiding to save my life. I have been deluged by death threats and threats of violence again. I have been intermittently suicidal for the past two years.
I beg you to help me save my life and human and civil rights career. Please help me. I don’t know what else to do.
I also thought you needed to know that this is how two Professors at Johns Hopkins treat a graduate student whom they knew and with whom they had worked. I do not think that Professors Weaver and Lebron should be allowed to work with graduate students. I do not think that they should be allowed to continue to pretend that they care about Racism and Police Brutality. I do not think that they should be allowed to continue as Professors at Johns Hopkins. They disgrace the legacy of Johns Hopkins.
Thank you for your time and your consideration.
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