My Email to Vice President of Princeton, Hilary Parker, Beseeching Her to Help Me Save My Life and Human Rights Career

The following is my email to Vice President of Princeton, Hilary Parker, asking her to help me save my life and human rights career, asking her to please ask Princeton Professor Imani Perry to tell the truth and ask for a retraction and apology from UC Hastings Law School, because of her protege’s disgusting article about me, T. Anansi Wilson, in the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, a collection of disgusting lies about me meant to get me killed and drive me to suicide as an act of vengeance. Of course, Professor Perry knows me, and knows that I am an entirely innocent anti-racism Yale graduate student. She worked with me at Yale on an anti-racism conference, along with my advisor, Jason Stanley.

Dear Vice President Parker,

I hope this email finds you well.  

Unfortunately, for my part, I have been living in a hellish nightmare for the past two and a half years.  I beseech you for your assistance.

I was recently grossly defamed in the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly by T. Anansi Wilson, a protege of Professor Imani Perry of Princeton.  I believe that this was an act of vengeance, meant to get me killed and drive me to suicide.

I assure you that I am an entirely innocent anti-racism Yale grad student, and this was completely known to Professor Wilson’s advisor, Professor Imani Perry of Princeton, with whom I had worked at Yale, on an anti-racism conference, the Ideology Conference, along with my advisor at Yale, Jason Stanley.

My life has been destroyed.  My lifelong human and civil rights academic and legal careers have been destroyed.  All I want is for the defamation to stop.  I can’t take any more abuse.  I have nearly killed myself countless times during the past two and a half years.  I am still in hiding.  I am still deluged by death and rape threats.  I am still defamed as a genocidal villain who lynches Black students at Yale via the Yale Campus Police on a near daily basis.

I beg of you, please help me.  I work at a Legal Aid Center.  I help people.  That’s what I do now.  I know that my dream of a life in academia has been stolen from me.  I just want to be left in peace.

The defamation in T. Anansi Wilson’s article is actionable.  I ask for a retraction and apology.  I ask Professor Imani Perry, who could not be more aware that I am an entirely innocent anti-racism Yale grad student, to ask for a retraction and apology.  

Please help me save my life.  I beg this of you.  I am an entirely innocent person whose life has been decimated.  All I ever wanted to do with my life is help people and make the world a better place. 

Now, I just want to live.  

Thank you so much for your kind assistance in this matter.

Best regards,

Sarah Braasch

PhD Candidate

Yale University

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My Email to Chancellor and Dean David Faigman of the UC Hastings Law School, Beseeching Him to Help Me Save My Life and Human Rights Career

The following is my email to UC Hasting Law School Chancellor and Dean, David Faigman. I ask for a retraction and apology of Adjunct Professor T. Anansi Wilson’s disgusting and despicable Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly article about me, which can only be construed as a death threat against me, as an act of revenge, and an attempt to drive me to suicide, an innocent anti-racism Yale grad student:

Dear Chancellor and Dean Faigman,


I hope this email finds you well.  

Unfortunately, for my part, I have been living in a hellish nightmare for the past two and a half years.  I beseech you for your assistance.

I was recently grossly defamed in the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly by a new addition to your faculty, T. Anansi Wilson.

I assure you that I am an entirely innocent anti-racism Yale grad student, and this was completely known to Professor Wilson’s advisor, Professor Imani Perry of Princeton, with whom I had worked at Yale, on an anti-racism conference, the Ideology Conference, along with my advisor at Yale, Jason Stanley.

My life has been destroyed.  My lifelong human and civil rights academic and legal careers have been destroyed.  All I want is for the defamation to stop.  I can’t take any more abuse.  I have nearly killed myself countless times during the past two and a half years.  I am still in hiding.  I am still deluged by death and rape threats.  I am still defamed as a genocidal villain who lynches Black students at Yale via the Yale Campus Police on a near daily basis.

I beg of you, please help me.  I work at a Legal Aid Center.  I help people.  That’s what I do now.  I know that my dream of a life in academia has been stolen from me.  I just want to be left in peace.

The defamation in T. Anansi Wilson’s article is actionable.  I ask for a retraction and apology.

Please help me save my life.  I beg this of you.  I am an entirely innocent person whose life has been decimated.  All I ever wanted to do with my life is help people and make the world a better place.  Now, I just want to live.  

Thank you so much for your kind assistance in this matter.

Best regards,

Sarah Braasch

PhD Candidate

Yale University

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My Awesome Attorneys, Randazza Legal Group, Filed a Motion for Default Against the CT FOI Commission for Failing to Respond to our Appeal for the Yale Campus Police Body Camera Footage from the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale

I wanted to share this Filing of a Motion for Default against the CT FOI Commission, filed by my amazing attorneys, Jay Wolman and Marc Randazza of the Randazza Legal Group. The CT FOI Commission has failed to respond to our appeal for the Yale Campus Police body camera footage from the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale. I will blog more about this in the immediate future, but I just wanted to share a link to the pdf of the Motion for Default right away.

Here you go:

https://app.luminpdf.com/viewer/5fbc2d2bd8771c00193ca43d

Below is my blog post with just the link to the pdf of the fabulous appeal by my attorneys:

This is the terrific appeal of the CT FOI Commission’s travesty of justice decision denying the public access to the Yale Campus Police body camera footage from the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale. It’s awesome. My attorneys, Jay Wolman and Marc Randazza of the Randazza Legal Group, did a fantastic job.

I will do another blog post analyzing the appeal, but I just wanted to share it right away.

Here it is:

https://app.luminpdf.com/viewer/5f96a9a67a9cb600113cbdbc

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Yale is Paying Dr. Ibram Kendi to Help Them Try to Get Me Killed as Part of Their Farcical Belonging at Yale Initiative Otherwise Known as “Get Sarah Braasch Killed for Money” Initiative

As reported in Yale Daily News, the lying bigot and fraud, Yale VP of Student Life Kimberly Goff-Crews, who was fully complicit in the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale, has begun a new component of Yale’s farcical Belonging at Yale Initiative. In truth, Yale’s bogus Belonging at Yale Initiative should be renamed to a more appropriate moniker, perhaps the “Get Sarah Braasch Killed for Money” Initiative. She has kicked off an anti-racism speaker series at Yale, because, much to her chagrin, I’m not dead yet.

Just in case anyone is new to my plight, I am the purported villain of the Living or Napping While Black Incident at Yale, but, in truth, I am the entirely innocent victim of the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale. I am an anti-racism Yale graduate student and a lifelong human and civil rights activist and licensed attorney. The Hate Crime Hoax at Yale was perpetrated by a well-documented anti-Semitic and anti-white racist, Lolade Siyonbola, who is a well known proponent of Nick Cannon’s Melanin and Original DNA Conspiracy Theories. All of these facts were perfectly well known to the Yale Administration at the time that they decided to participate in the Hate Crime Hoax. The Yale Admin had been targeting me for expulsion for years for being a civil libertarian and for daring to express unWoke thoughts, including standing up for the Federal Civil Rights of an Evangelical Black man at Yale. This is why they embraced the patently false accusation, by Siyonbola and Jean Louis Reneson, that I had perpetrated a racist hate crime comparable to a lynching on February 24th, 2018. I was terrorized for months in my isolated Yale dorm room, culminating in the May 8th, 2018 event, when I called the non-emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police, as I had been repeatedly instructed to do by Yale Provost Stephanie Spangler and Yale Campus Police Chief Ronnell Higgins, for any reason whatsoever.

I accidentally came upon Siyonbola, whom I had never seen before, entirely obscured by a blanket, and I was alarmed, because I had been harassed all evening. She subsequently made statements to me that made it clear to me that she was very likely one of the persons who had been harassing me all evening and for months. I had no idea that Siyonbola was recording me on her iPhone to finally secure her revenge against me by embarking on a global vilification and defamation campaign against me, led by the Yale Admin, with the assistance of the Fake News Press and entire Moral Outrage Industry. I am still in hiding. I almost died. My lifelong human and civil rights career was destroyed. And, Yale is not done trying to get me killed yet.

I recently learned, in the same aforementioned Yale Daily News article, that Dr. Ibram Kendi is being paid to be part of Yale’s farcical Belonging at Yale Initiative Speaker Series. Ibram Kendi is the Woke Intersectional Feminist / Critical Race Theorist and author of the patently ridiculous How to be an Anti-Racist book. He has been championed by Oprah Winfrey and Jack Dorsey. In truth, he is himself an egregious anti-white racist and lying bigot and fraud. I’m sure that Yale is paying him an obscene sum of money to help them try to get me killed by defaming me as a genocial villain who lynches Black students at Yale via the Campus Police. There is no way, especially given his relationship with Oprah Winfrey, that Ibram Kendi does not know that I am an entirely innocent and actual anti-racism Yale grad student and victim of the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale.

I ask Dr. Ibram Kendi to donate whatever Yale is paying him to help them try to get me killed to my Legal Fund (links below), so that I can sue Yale for almost getting me killed, destroying my human rights academic and legal careers, and for their gross violations of my Federal Civil Rights.

Everyone knows at this point that the entire Living While Black movement is a Race Hoax perpetrated by the Woke Political Left, including the Democrats, the Fake News Press, and the entire Moral Outrage Industry, including the ACLU, to justify fascist and grossly unconstitutional legislation in the form of CAREN Acts. CAREN Acts criminalize all unWoke thoughts and speech not only as hate crimes, but as acts of terrorism. The Woke Political Left exploited the police killings of Black men to revive the Living While Black Race Hoax to justify dismantling Civil Rights legislation, bringing back Jim Crow and racial segregation in the public spaces, and undermining Due Process and Equal Protection, especially for white women who have been demonized to the point where blue check mark public figures on Twitter feel comfortable more or less tweeting that it’s ok to kill white women now for being white women.

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A Legal Analysis of the Awesome Appeal by Randazza Legal Group to the CT Superior Court to get the Yale Campus Police Body Camera Footage from the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale

This is a legal analysis of the terrific appeal of the CT FOI Commission’s travesty of justice decision denying the public access to the Yale Campus Police body camera footage from the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale. It’s awesome. My attorneys, Jay Wolman and Marc Randazza of the Randazza Legal Group, did a fantastic job.

Here it is:

https://app.luminpdf.com/viewer/5f96a9a67a9cb600113cbdbc

TWO MAIN TAKE AWAYS:

  1. The Yale Campus Police doesn’t get to make arbitrary and capricious decisions about who does and does not get to have access to Yale Campus Police body camera footage. This is a gross violation of Equal Protection.

2. The Yale Campus Police doesn’t get to say magic words and wave a wand and pronounce that someone called them to report a crime when they clearly did no such thing. This means that the Yale Campus Police Department can always deny the public access to police body camera footage that they should rightly have, to shield themselves from accountability.

Below are the facts established in the appeal by my attorneys, Randazza Legal Group:

  1. First, the brief does a good job of establishing the fact that I’m a lifelong and well-documented human and civil rights activist and licensed attorney.

2. The brief does an excellent job of establishing the fact that I was subjected to a campaign of harassment in my isolated Yale dorm room on the 12th floor of the tower of the Hall of Graduate Studies, following the February 24th, 2018 incident, during which I did absolutely nothing wrong, a fact which was established by the Yale Housing Managers.

3. The brief does an excellent job of establishing the fact that the Yale Administration and Yale Campus Police, including Chief Ronnell Higgins, were fully aware that I was being subjected to a campaign of harassment in my isolated Yale dorm room, following the February 24th, 2018 incident, and that the Resident Coordinators of the Hall of Graduate Studies were involved in the harassment.

4. The brief does an excellent job of establishing the fact that the Yale Administration and Yale Campus Police, including Chief Ronnell Higgins, repeatedly told, not only myself, but also the entire Yale community, that they should feel absolutely free to call the Yale Campus Police at any time, for any reason, even if we were unsure that their assistance was necessary. I was explicitly told by Yale Campus Police Officer Grace Schenkle on March 9th, 2018, that the Yale Campus Police ALWAYS prefers to check out any situation, just to make sure that everything is ok.

5. The brief does an excellent job of making clear that I never knew the identities of my harassers, that the Yale Administration and Yale Campus Police knew that I did not know the identities of my harassers, and that I had never seen Lolade Siyonbola before May 8th, 2018, and did not know her name or if she was even a Yale affiliate or Hall of Graduate Studies resident.

6. The brief does an excellent job of making clear that both Jean Louis Reneson and Lolade Siyonbola were in violation of Yale housing regulations on February 24th, 2018, and May 8th, 2018, respectively.

7. The brief does an excellent job of making clear that I did not call the non-emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police, as instructed, on May 8th, 2018, until Lolade Siyonbola made statements to me that made it clear to me that she was very likely one of the persons who had been harassing me all evening and even for months.

8. The brief does an excellent job of making clear that I never accused Siyonbola of trespassing or any other criminal activity. In point of fact, I let the Yale Campus Police Officer who responded to my call know that, even if the person whom I accidentally encountered camped out in the 12th floor common was a Yale graduate student and resident of the Hall of Graduate Studies, it is a violation of Yale Housing Regulations for them to be using the 12th floor common room as a sleeping accommodation, and that they needed to return to their dorm room.

9. The brief does an excellent job of making clear that I was simply calling the non-emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police, exactly as I had been repeatedly instructed to do by the Yale Administration and Yale Campus Police, including Chief Ronnell Higgins, for assistance, to prevent future harassment. And, the harassment was not being reported as criminal activity.

10. The brief does an excellent job of making clear that I pleaded with the Yale Campus Police Officers to listen to me, that I pleaded with them to please speak with Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley, who was fully aware that I had been enduring a campaign of harassment in my isolated Yale dorm room, and that I pleased with them to please read Yale Campus Police Officer Grace Schenkle’s police reports detailing the campaign of harassment that I had been enduring.

11. The brief does an excellent job of making clear that I had no idea that I was being filmed by Lolade Siyonbola. I was shocked to discover that the recording of me was being propagated around the world to vilify and destroy me.

12. The brief does an excellent job of making clear that I have never had an opportunity to tell the truth about the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale, and that I continue to be defamed as a genocidal villain who lynches Black students at Yale via the Yale Campus Police to this day, since May 8th, 2018.

13. Yale is claiming the exemption that the Yale Campus Police body camera footage contains uncorroborated criminal allegations.

14. I appealed to the CT FOI Commission, which pronounced a final decision on September 9th, 2020, denying the public access to the Yale Campus Police Body Camera Footage from the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale on May 8th, 2018.

Below is my analysis of the legal analysis from the appeal by my attorneys, Randazza Legal Group:

  1. The brief makes clear that the CT FOI Commission erred in concluding that the Yale Campus Police dispatched officers to the Hall of Graduate Studies on May 8th, 2018, to conduct a criminal investigation into the alleged criminal activities of trespassing and harassment.

a. The CT FOI Commission made this determination based solely on the testimony of Yale Campus Police Chief Ronnell Higgins who was not present on May 8th, 2018, and who had nothing to do with the events of May 8th, 2018, and who perjured himself before the CT FOI Commission.

b. I offered my own testimony before the CT FOI Commission as to the non-criminal nature of my call to the non-emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police on May 8th, 2018. I called them to help me in their capacity as peace officers.

c. The Yale Campus Police body camera footage from May 8th, 2018 will make this point clear, because the Yale Campus Police Officers threaten me on the footage, precisely because they said that I had called them improperly for a NON-CRIMINAL matter.

The Yale Campus Police officers on the Yale Campus Police body camera footage from the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale on May 8th, 2018, tell me that they are going to report me to Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley for racial harassment, because I called them improperly for a NON-CRIMINAL matter.

(I thought this was a really excellent point in the brief.)

2. The CT FOI Commission erred in concluding that the Yale Campus Police determined that my allegations on May 8th, 2018 were unfounded.

a. They made no such determination as to whether harassment had occurred, either criminal or non-criminal harassment. As stated in the brief, I was pressed by the Yale Campus Police Supervisor to speculate as to whether or not the harassment I had been enduring was criminal in nature when he threatened to report me to Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley for racial harassment for having called the non-emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police for a non-criminal matter.

3. The CT FOI Commission erred in concluding that the Yale Campus Police body camera footage was not otherwise available to the public, and was recorded during an investigation of a crime or alleged crime. The Yale Campus Police themselves made clear that I had called them improperly for a non-criminal matter at the time of the investigation, and the body camera footage had already been made available to legally distinct members of the public, including Yale Administrators.

4. The CT FOI Commission erred in concluding that the Yale Campus Police body camera footage from May 8th, 2018 contains uncorroborated criminal allegations and is exempt from disclosure. All of the factual allegations on the Yale Campus Police body camera footage are corroborated and none are of criminal activity.

5. (This is a particularly good point.) My then attorney already watched the Yale Campus Police body camera footage from May 8th, 2018. So, did various Yale Administrators. The law is clear that being able to retain a copy goes hand in hand with being able to view the body camera footage. And, if the Yale Campus Police should have denied disclosure of the YPD body cam footage, then they violated the law by permitting my then attorney to view the footage, by offering me to view the footage, and by allowing Yale Administrators to view the footage. But, it’s not the case.

6. (This is a particularly good point.) The Yale Campus Police cannot make arbitrary and capricious decisions about who can and cannot view Yale Campus Police body camera footage. The CT FOI Commission erred in concluding that a prior disclosure does not preclude the possibility of a subsequent claim of exemption. This is the definition of arbitrary and capricious. The Yale Campus Police does not get to decide that it will abide by open records law for one individual or entity and deny access to records to another individual or entity for arbitrary and capricious reasons.

7. These capricious and arbitrary decisions by the Yale Campus Police Department as to who may and may not view the Yale Campus Police body camera footage from the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale are gross violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution. The Yale Campus Police Department afforded Yale Administrators special privileges denied to other CT citizens with no legitimate public purpose for doing so. (This is an excellent point.)

8. None of the allegations are uncorroborated on the YPD body cam footage. And, if there are any uncorroborated allegations on the YPD body cam footage, they are non-criminal in nature, and the exemption does not apply.

9. The Yale Campus Police Department does not get to say magic words that make it the case that I called the non-emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police on May 8th, 2018, to report a crime. The Yale Campus Police Officers are also peace officers called for a whole slew of non-criminal reasons. They have a whole slew of non-criminal duties. They do not get to simply say that I called them to report a crime so such is the case.

a. The Police could always point to some criminal statute or another and say that they were investigating this or that crime. The exemption would swallow the rule. If George Floyd had been killed in CT, CT would have denied the public access to the body cam footage, b/c Floyd died and the charges against him, of having passed a counterfeit $20 bill, were never proved. The CT Police, at Yale or otherwise, could always deny the public access to police body cam footage that they should rightly have. Law enforcement must be accountable to the public.

10. There is nothing in the Yale Campus Police report from May 8th, 2018 that indicates that any crime occurred or that any alleged crime was investigated.

11. Yale Campus Police Chief Ronnell Higgins made public statements about the Yale Campus Police body camera footage. He doesn’t get to resist disclosure to the public when partial disclosure and commentary thereupon has occurred. This would make it the case that the police could lie to the public about the contents of the body camera footage with no accountability.

12. The CT FOI Commission should have required disclosure of redacted records. Exemptions are to be narrowly construed and redacted records provided to the public, if at all possible, to protect the public’s interest in having access to Police body cam footage.

13. The event, including Siyonbola’s video thereof, has already been publicized thoughout the entire world. I could have recorded my own interactions with the Yale Campus Police, but just happened not to do so. But, my life has been destroyed, and I should be able to release my contemporaneous account of what occurred, via the Yale Campus Police body camera footage from the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale.

END

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The Awesome Appeal by Randazza Legal Group to the CT Superior Court to get the Yale Campus Police Body Camera Footage from the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale

This is the terrific appeal of the CT FOI Commission’s travesty of justice decision denying the public access to the Yale Campus Police body camera footage from the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale. It’s awesome. My attorneys, Jay Wolman and Marc Randazza of the Randazza Legal Group, did a fantastic job.

I will do another blog post analyzing the appeal, but I just wanted to share it right away.

Here it is:

https://app.luminpdf.com/viewer/5f96a9a67a9cb600113cbdbc

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My Heart: Aaron James Braasch (09/19/75 – 02/11/12)

Aaron James Braasch would have been 45 tomorrow. Aaron, I know that you know this, but I just love you more with each day that passes, and my heart is just more shattered with each day that passes, but I love the shattering of my heart, because it is an expression of my deep and profound love for you. I know that you are protecting and guiding me. I know that I will survive this hellish nightmare, because you are watching over me, now and always. xoxoxo Aaron James Braasch (09/19/75 – 02/11/12)

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My Initial Reaction to Cuties and What I Learned During My Year with Ni Putes Ni Soumises in Paris in the Cites / Banlieues: Better a Whore than a Concubine

I know pretty much the whole world is up in arms about Cuties, the French film set in a housing project or cite in an inner ring suburb / banlieue or outer ring arrondissement in Paris. Initially, I had only heard about the outrage, vaguely how this film was on the order of a snuff film starring very young girls, but for pedophiles. I’m in the midst of trying to save my life and career, which is weirdly isolating, in that I just don’t have the time or the energy to worry about anything online that doesn’t directly concern me. But the outrage had crescendoed to the extent that it penetrated my cocoon of infamy and vengeance.

I had no idea that this was a French film set in the housing projects of the suburbs of Paris until I started watching it on Netflix. I was shocked. I’ve also been meaning to watch Les Miserables, a similarly situated Academy award nominated French film, also on Netflix, but I haven’t yet.

A decade ago now (how time flies!), during the year following my graduation from Fordham law school in NYC, I worked with Ni Putes Ni Soumises in Paris, France, as a Human Rights Fellow. I was awarded a fellowship from my law school in Spring 2009, the year that the bottom fell out of the legal profession, especially for human and civil rights attorneys. I felt very lucky. I had the option to work with any human rights organization in the world for a year, and I chose Ni Putes Ni Soumises, following an online search. I tried desperately to freshen up my French. I contacted Ni Putes Ni Soumises and told them that I wanted to come work for them for a year for free, and they immediately agreed. The French Consulate in NYC was less convinced that this was a good idea. Being the naive open book that I am, I just guilelessly fessed up that I intended to embark on a sociological study on access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights for the girls and women of the banlieues surrounding Paris, the suburban housing projects predominantly comprised of Muslim immigrant communities.

Ni Putes Ni Soumises may not exist anymore, and that makes me incredibly sad. As a French newspaper said not long ago, “It’s the end of an era.” Ni Puts Ni Soumises, which translates as Neither Whores Nor Submissives, roughly, is a fierce women’s rights organization, born as a response to the egregious violence perpetrated against the women and girls of the banlieues. It began as a 40 day march across France, to the French Parliament in Paris, led by Fadela Amara, Ni Putes Ni Soumises’ first President, after a young girl was burned alive behind a dumpster, in a banlieue.

The three pillars of Ni Putes Ni Soumises are secularism, actually the strict French version thereof, gender equality, and gender desegregation. Ni Putes Ni Soumises take an uncompromising stance on women’s rights as universal human rights. They demand that women have full and unfettered access to the public space, as part and parcel of their French citizenship.

During my year with Ni Putes Ni Soumises, hardly a week would go by when we were not marching through the banlieues, being filmed by broadcast and cable news, chanting slogans, after a woman had been burned to death by her husband in front of her children, raped and murdered, or terrorized for staging a play about Muslim immigrant women’s oppression.

Ni Putes Ni Soumises was, unsurprisingly, a very provocative organization, often accused of stigmatizing the Muslim immigrant communities in France, especially in the ghettoized housing projects, or cites, of the suburbs, the banlieues. Ni Putes Ni Soumises condemns racism and is happy to march alongside the communities in which most of the activists grew up, to condemn the marginalization and dehumanization of their brethren, but they also reject political Islam (Islamism) and cultural relativism and insist that women can only be fully citizen under a secular government.

While I was with Ni Putes Ni Soumises, in 2010, the entire nation was in an uproar over the proposed anti-face mask law, colloquially known as the burqa ban. I marched with Ni Putes Ni Soumises in front of the French Parliament, in faux burqas, in support of the law, which Ni Putes Ni Soumises regards as a simple safety provision, as well as a civil rights and public desegregation measure, along the lines of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in the United States. We also placed a huge black burqa over a statue of Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic, in the Place de la Republique.

We participated in a town hall on the burqa ban in an inner ring banlieue, at an elementary school, that erupted repeatedly into violence. I was filming the event. There were women in niqab speaking and denouncing Ni Putes Ni Soumises. Lubna Ahmed Al Hussein, the Sudanese UN worker who had been sentenced to 40 lashes for wearing pants in Khartoum was present. She had escaped to France in a burqa and was being sheltered by Ni Putes Ni Soumises. At one point, when the event erupted into violence, I scurried out a side door. Thank goodness we were not in the US, or someone probably would have started shooting a gun. From the outside, I could look in through the large windows. I found myself standing next to a woman in hijab. We looked at each other with wide eyes. She grabbed my hand when people started grabbing and pushing in the interior of the room. “C’est chaud,” she said, meaning: “Things are getting heated.” I only responded, “Oui.”

With the permission of the then President of Ni Putes Ni Soumises, Sihem Habchi, I conducted a sociological study in the banlieues with a small troupe of international interns on access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights for the women and girls of the cites. We would take a train and a bus and another bus out to an isolated French suburb near one of the housing projects involved in the 2005 or 2007 riots, which were, not dissimilar to what is happening in the US currently, embroiled in rioting and fires, following the deaths of young dark skinned Muslim immigrant men at the hands of the French police. It was a profound and eye opening experience, to say the least.

We created a survey, in French and Arabic, asking intimate questions about their sex lives, including how many abortions they had had, if they had used the morning after pill, and if they went to the gynecologist regularly. We would stand on street corners, near the mosque or housing project, and speak to any women or girls who passed by. Most were at least in hijab or chador. There were a few women in niqab, with their faces fully covered below the eyes. The women and girls, for the most part, were very happy to speak with us. We took care to only speak with the women, and we tried to avoid provoking the men or capturing their notice. When the men did take notice of us, or even approach us, we would just pretend to be clueless American college girls, working on a project for college. We would usually leave as quickly as we came, once we drew the attention of the men in the community.

I was quite and pleasantly surprised that the women were happy to answer all of our questions typically. They usually asked to have the questions read aloud to them. Sometimes they were unable to read. They did not seem to be concerned to answer in front of others. They usually wanted to speak about how angry they were at the French government for abandoning them with nothing but crumbling housing projects, out in the middle of nowhere, with no access to education or jobs or reasonable transportation into the city or anywhere. They wanted very much to take us home for tea usually. In some suburbs we would speak with young girls in blue jeans and uncovered heads, hanging out at the new McDonald’s. There was a range of attitudes that we encountered, attitudes towards assimilation and sexual mores, but, regardless, everyone seemed open to speaking with us about any topic. Of course, most of the young seemed eager, if able, to be like any other French girl, enjoying her youth and beauty and freedom.

While at Yale, I told Jack Dovidio, my Statistics Professor in the Psychology Department, that I was holding onto a treasure trove of data. As my final project, I conducted a rudimentary statistical analysis. And, there was a very particular question I was hoping to answer. I was looking for a preference for emergency contraception over regular birth control (oral contraceptives or the patch, etc.) in young women and girls, especially Muslim young women, and I found statistically significant results.

I had been told repeatedly, especially by young women and girls from Muslim families, that they preferred to use emergency contraception as their primary form of birth control, because it was easier to hide from their families than oral contraceptives would have been.

I had had a similar experience in Rabat, Morocco, when I spent the summer there, working with the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights. I was visiting with a family in their home, the home of a young woman, who was the girlfriend of a young man who was the good friend of a young man whom I had met and befriended in Rabat. I had dinner with them, and I ended up spending the night. I wanted very much to speak to the women when I was there, and I would just let people take me home with them. Everyone wanted to take me home with them for dinner and to meet their families, and I would let them. I know that might sound crazy, but I really wanted to speak especially with the women and girls about their lives, and that was the best way to do it.

So, this one evening, after dinner, we were watching tv, and the elderly mother of this young woman was sitting with us, and she didn’t speak French, but the daughter would translate into French from Arabic, and the mother really seemed to want to speak with me and to tell me about her life. And, I was very happy to listen and to ask questions.

And, she had been married to her much older husband, sitting in the next room, when she was a very young girl. She said that she was so young that she wasn’t very good at cooking or housework, and he would beat her mercilessly. She had had a large number of children from a very young age, and she was quite old. The young woman who had invited me was in her early twenties at the time and was this woman’s youngest child. At least a few of her older siblings were living in France. It seemed that the goal of most young people in Rabat, Morocco, was to get to France, somehow, some way.

We were watching a rap music video on tv, with women in thongs grinding against one another and various young men. It made the old woman laugh uproariously. I asked the elderly woman what she thought of the video and the nudity and the promiscuous behavior. She said that this is for the young, not her. She seemed completely unfazed by it. I asked her if she was happy. She said that she was very happy. She said that she loved her husband very much and all of her children. She said that she did not bear any grudge about how difficult her life had been. She showed me pictures of all of her children, including her children living in France.

The young woman and I slept in one room, on couches. She showed me where she stashed her birth control pills. She swore me to secrecy. As we fell asleep, we could hear her parents cooing at one another and giggling in the next room. “Lovebirds,” their daughter whispered to me and laughed quietly. I was so struck by the scene.

While I was in Rabat, Morocco, when I was living in an apartment building in the city center, I would hear the maids being beaten and I would cry myself to sleep. I told the young man whom I had befriended. He simply said there was nothing to do and that this is just the way things were. He advised me not to say anything to anyone.

I also had an experience meeting a young girl who was homeless. She hung out at the telephone cafe where the young man worked. He told me that her mother had thrown her out of her house, because her father had said that he wanted to start having sex with her, with his own daughter. The young man whom I knew told me that it was better for her to be living on the streets than to be raped by her own father, and that her mother had acted out of love for her.

I fear that this blog post is getting too long. And, I haven’t even addressed my initial reaction to Cuties yet! I want to wrap this up. But, I have much more to say. I believe that I will write multiple blog posts about Cuties. I have also invited Gretchen Mullen, skepticreview89, and MisfitPoise, from Twitter, to respond. I will post their responses. And, we’ll have something of a conversation via blog post.

So, I wanted to tell you about all of these experiences I had had, because, obviously, these experiences very much inform my reaction to the film.

My reaction to the film was very much along the lines of Misfit Poise’s reaction and Gretchen’s reaction.

I think the film is much more about the relationships between the mothers and the daughters, and how Muslim immigrant women and their girl children navigate a new life in France and straddle two cultures, the culture of their birth, a Muslim immigrant / African culture, and the culture of their newfound home, secular and libertine modern France.

Just like the elderly woman living in Rabat, Morocco, laughing at women gyrating in thongs on the television, seemingly at ease with this display of flesh, yet her daughter hid her birth control pills from her. Just like how young women and girls in the Muslim immigrant communities in the housing projects in the ghettoized suburbs around Paris use emergency contraception as their primary form of contraception, because it’s easier to hide from their families.

The mother in Cuties tells the grandmother to leave her daughter alone, while the daughter is dressed like a whore. She tells her she need not attend her father’s wedding to his new, younger second wife. But, this same mother had a man, whom I presume was the local imam, check her daughter for demons after performing something of an exorcism on the girl.

It seems to be ok for the young to adopt the dress and habits and tastes of libertine France, as long as the young girls are not adopting the sexual mores of libertine France. Skimpy clothing? yes. As long as chastity and virginity are maintained.

I have so much more to say, but I think I’ll stop here for the moment. But, I didn’t feel that this was a movie made for pedophiles. I do completely understand why some of the scenes with the very young girls dancing and gyrating on the floor, etc. were very disturbing for a lot of viewers. Of course I do. But, I don’t think this was the point of the film by any stretch of the imagination.

I also want to end by saying that I didn’t feel that the film was hyperbolic in its characterization of the day to day life of a young girl like Amy. I do think very young girls feel tremendous pressure to be cool, to be liked by boys, and girls, and to be very sexual from a very young age. And, girls are nothing less than vicious to one another at that age. And, for someone from a strict religious and insular culture, it’s almost impossible not to blunder and egregiously violate social conventions where are entirely foreign to you. I had this kind of experience growing up in a strict and misogynistic religious cult, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and then attending public school. I have so many memories of my blunders that make me cringe in shame to this day. I wanted so desperately to be cool, to be popular, to be liked by the boys, to be thought of as pretty and beautiful and sexy and desirable. Thank God there was no internet and no social media. Phew.

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If George Floyd had been Killed in CT, CT would have Denied the Public the Police Body Camera Footage; pdf of the Proposed Decision of the CT FOI Commission; They are Protecting the Yale Administration

Please know that this is a public document. Anyone may have access and SHOULD have access to this document.

This is the Proposed Decision of the CT FOI Commission regarding the Yale Campus Police Body Camera Footage from the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale. This Proposed Decision is a travesty of justice. They are protecting the Yale Administration. This decision means that if George Floyd had been killed in CT, CT would have denied the public the Police Body Camera Footage. It basically means that CT Police can almost always deny the public access to Police Body Camera Footage, simply because it behooves them to do so:

https://app.luminpdf.com/viewer/5f3efb705b80d40011324cb6

My attorney, Jay Wolman, of the Randazza Legal Group, made two astute points.

1 — If CT Police can simply say that they were investigating for criminal activity, even if the person who called the police had ZERO intention of reporting criminal activity, then, when no criminal charge results, CT can always deny the public access to Police Body Camera Footage.

2 — If the police present at a response to a call, or anyone, including private citizen bystanders, make an accusation of criminal activity, and no criminal charge results, then CT can always deny the public access to the Police Body Camera Footage.

This, of course, means that if George Floyd had been killed by CT Police in CT, CT would have denied the public access to the Police Body Camera Footage.

George Floyd was accused of criminal activity, and he was never charged. Of course, he was never charged, because he was killed by the Minneapolis Police Officers present. But, simply because he was never charged with a crime, the Minneapolis Police Officers investigating, based upon the call by the store, means that CT would have denied the public access to this Police Body Camera Footage.

This is nothing more and nothing less than a Travesty of Justice. The CT FOI Commission should be utterly ashamed. They are very clearly protecting the Yale Administration. This CT Law is a travesty of justice and should be repealed. It is utterly preposterous that the CT FOI Commission is trying to retain this ridiculous law, including by obstructing my efforts to save my life and lifelong human and civil rights academic and legal careers. The CT FOI Commission would rather I die than give up this ludicrous CT law that denies the public access to Police Body Camera Footage, which they should very clearly have.

If you care about Black Lives Matter. If you care about the cornerstone of Black Lives Matter, Police Accountability and Transparency, then you should be incensed over this ludicrous Proposed Decision by the CT FOI Commission. The CT FOI Commission clearly does not support or care about Black Lives Matter or Police Accountability or Transparency.

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Oprah and Isabel Wilkerson Both Know that Wilkerson LIED about Me on Democracy Now to Get Me Killed to Sell Copies of Her Book Caste

I’m crazy upset, because something shocking happened.

Isabel Wilkerson, the author of the book, Caste, selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club, egregiously defamed me on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman yesterday, and I found other instances of her having defamed me in the Fake News Press in recent weeks to sell copies of her book.

On Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, Isabel Wilkerson spoke about me during an interview in which she also discussed Hitler, slavery, Jim Crow, and lynchings, as well as George Floyd’s killing and Ahmaud Arbery’s killing.  This is literally insane and evil.  When Isabel Wilkerson defamed me as someone who lynches black students at Yale on Democracy Now, she is trying to get me killed.  She is trying to incite my murder.  She is trying to drive me to suicide.  She is trying to get me killed to make money off of my corpse.

I am under no illusions about why Isabel Wilkerson did this.  She did this to exploit George Floyd’s killing for Moral Outrage Industry money and fame and to revive the Living While Black movement as a bloodsport targeting vulnerable white women, because it’s a far easier way to make money than actually addressing real Racism and Police Brutality.  She did this to sell copies of her Race Hoax of a book, Caste.

I know for a fact that Isabel Wilkerson, who is now blocking me on Twitter, because she didn’t appreciate me publicly exposing her as a lying bigot and fraud, LIED about me on Democracy Now.  She also lied about me in an Israeli newspaper recently.  I know this, because I know that Oprah knows that the Living or Napping While Black Incident at Yale was a Hate Crime Hoax, and if Oprah knows this, then there is no way that Isabel Wilkerson does not know this.

I know that Oprah knows that the Living or Napping While Black Incident at Yale was a Hate Crime Hoax, because her lifelong producer, Jack Mori, contacted me to appear on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk show.  Then, after Oprah announced that she was making Isabel Wilkerson’s book Caste her next Oprah book club selection, suddenly Red Table Talk is no longer pursuing this topic, according to an email I received from their Supervising Producer.  Also, I was recently approached by the Casting Director, Rachel Macy, for an A&E show about cancelled people.  I am now being ghosted by them, after Oprah made her announcement.  Just in case anyone doesn’t believe that there is a conspiracy of silence now and that the powers that be will stop at nothing to prevent me from saving my life and lifelong human and civil rights career.

If Democracy Now wishes to continue to assert that they are journalists with integrity and ethics, then they need to have me on to tell the truth about the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale.  I am sick and tired of people thinking it’s ok to get me killed to make money off my corpse, because I’m white and poor.  

Every time I think no one could possibly be so stupid or evil as to defame me in the Fake News Press any longer, along comes Isabel Wilkerson and Democracy Now to prove me wrong.  I just needed to scream out my rage and despair for a moment.  I feel better now. 

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