The Yale Campus Police Department is Continuing Their Grossly Illegal Campaign of Malfeasance Against Me to Destroy My Life and Career to Cover Up Their Own Wrongdoing

The Yale Campus Police Department is continuing their grossly illegal campaign of malfeasance against me to try to destroy my life and career to cover up their own wrongdoing. Today, the Yale Campus Police Department harassed and badgered me over a perfectly benign, innocuous, anodyne tweet. They insinuated that I am some kind of threat, and they insinuated that I did something illegal or wrongful or criminal. They did this, because they are doing absolutely anything and everything they can to destroy me and to paint me as some kind of criminal or wrongdoer, in order to cover up their own wrongdoing.

I received a voice mail at approximately 2:20 pm EST today from a Sergeant Reach (sp?) of the Yale Campus Police Department. I returned the call, because I actually believed and hoped that the Yale Campus Police Department was going to try to help me secure justice by pursuing criminal charges against Lolade Siyonbola for the illegal video recording made of me (to publicly shame me for my mental health disability) on May 8th, 2018, and its subsequent illegal distribution. I also believed that perhaps the Yale Campus Police Department wanted to speak to me about releasing the Yale Campus Police Body Camera Footage from May 8th, 2018, that exonerates me and exposes the gross malfeasance of the Yale Campus Police, as well as the Yale University Administration.

Sergeant Reach asked me what I meant by my tweet on May 13th. I had no idea what she was talking about. I was completely taken aback. I asked her to which tweet she was referring. I had no idea what she was talking about. She read the following tweet to me:

BEGIN TWEET TEXT

This coming weekend is Yale Commencement. If I want to make things happen, this week is crucial, because the Yale Administration is doing the best it can now to pretend that the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax never happened, and they didn’t try to get me killed.

END TWEET TEXT

Sergeant Reach asked me what I meant by this tweet.

I said that this week is important, because Yale is trying to pretend now that the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax never happened, and this weekend is Commencement, and Yale thinks that everyone will stop caring after this weekend. So, if I want to get the truth out, then I really need to do that this week.

Sergeant Reach asked me if all I wanted to do was to get the truth out, or if I wanted to make other things happen.

I told her that I am trying to get information out. I told her that I’m trying to get the truth out to the public about what really happened during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale.

Sergeant Reach asked me if that was all I was planning on doing. She asked me if I was planning on using my blog to get the truth out. She asked me again if I was planning on doing anything else besides get the truth out.

I asked her what she was suggesting. She said she just wanted to find out from me what I was planning on doing. I told her that her insinuation that I had done something or was planning on doing something wrongful or illegal was disgusting. I told her that I had done absolutely nothing wrong or illegal.

I said I think this conversation is over. And, then I said, no, wait, do you want to know what I would like to talk about? I would like to talk about the Yale Campus Police Department actually doing their jobs and pursuing criminal charges against Lolade Siyonbola for the illegal video recording of me on May 8th, 2018, and its subsequent illegal distribution. This video recording was illegal under Connecticut State Law. I would also like to talk about the Yale Campus Police Department releasing the body camera footage from May 8th, 2018, that exonerates me and exposes the malfeasance of the Yale Campus Police and the Yale University Administration. That’s what I would like to talk about.

Sergeant Reach said that she wasn’t high enough in the department to do this. I said, well, you can begin the process. You can go to your supervisor and you can begin the process of pursuing criminal charges against Lolade Siyonbola for the illegal video recording of me from May 8th, 2018. And, you can go to your supervisor and begin the process of releasing the Yale Police Body Camera footage from May 8th, 2018, which exonerates me and exposes the malfeasance of the Yale Campus Police and the Yale University Administration.

Sergeant Reach asked me if I had already made these requests, and I told her that I had made these requests multiple times, but that I was being ignored by the Yale Campus Police Department. And, I said that the Yale Campus Police Department chooses to ignore me unless they are making disgusting insinuations against me.

Sergeant Reach told me that they called, because they were concerned for my well being.

I told her that that was a ridiculous joke. The Yale Campus Police Department destroyed my life. The Yale Campus Police Department destroyed my career. I told her, “Do you know how many times I almost killed myself during this past year? Do you? That’s what you wish would have happened. You wish that I had just curled up into the fetal position and had taken my own life.”

I told Sergeant Reach that if the Yale Campus Police Department really cares about my well being, then they would do their actual jobs and pursue criminal charges against Lolade Siyonbola for the illegal video recording of me and that they would release the police body cam footage from May 8th, 2018, that exonerates me. If they really care about my well being, then the Yale Campus Police would do these things, but they don’t really care about my well being; they only care about protecting themselves from legal liability and covering up their own wrongdoing.

Sergeant Reach asked me if I was planning on killing or hurting myself now. I told her no, now I want to live, because I am going to secure justice. I told her that the Yale Administration and the Yale Campus Police Department are going to get the justice that they deserve.

Sergeant Reach asked me if I had any plans to return to Connecticut, again insinuating that I’m some kind of threat, when I am literally the least threatening and least violent person on the planet.

I told her that I have no plans to return to Connecticut, because it isn’t safe for ME. I told her that I had to literally flee Yale’s campus for MY personal safety, and I was taunted by a mob while I was fleeing Yale’s campus, and that is the direct fault of the Yale Campus Police and the Yale Administration.

I told Sergeant Reach that the Yale Campus Police Department was harassing me and badgering me by taking a perfectly innocuous, benign, anodyne tweet and trying to turn it into something ugly, in order to use it to attack me and harass me and to suggest that I had done something wrongful and criminal and illegal and to paint me as a threat and as the wrongdoer to cover up their own wrongdoing. And, I told Sergeant Reach that if the Yale Campus Police Department chose to continue to harass me that I would be pressing charges against them.

And, then, Sergeant Reach chose to end the conversation.

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Email Correspondence with Yale Grad School Dean Lynn Cooley on May 8th, 2018, when I tell her her public statement about me is grossly false and defamatory and she tells me she doesn’t care

Below please find my email correspondence with Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley on May 8th, 2018, the day of the now infamous Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale. This includes Dean Cooley’s grossly false and defamatory public statement about me, and my response to her, asking her to please retract and / or modify it. She refuses. The emails are as follow:

From: Lynn Cooley, Dean of the Graduate School (email redacted)

To: All Graduate Students of Yale University

Date: May 8th, 2018, 4:16 pm

Subject: From the Dean

Dear Graduate Student,

I write to you about an incident that occurred last evening in the Hall of Graduate Studies. A resident of HGS called the Yale police to report that there was an unauthorized person in the Common Room. The police responded and confirmed the student was in fact a resident of HGS and had every right to be there. 

Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place. I am committed to redoubling our efforts to build a supportive community in which all graduate students are empowered in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals within a welcoming environment. An essential part of that effort must be a commitment to mutual respect and an open dialog.

Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or comments.

Yours,

Lynn Cooley, Ph.D.
Dean, Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics
Professor of Cell Biology and MCDB

From: Sarah Braasch

To: Yale Grad School Dean Lynn Cooley; Yale Campus Police Chief Ronnell Higgins; Yale Provost and University wide Title IX Coordinator Stephanie Spangler; Associate Provost Cynthia Smith; Yale Housing Director George Longyear; Yale Housing Manager Beth Bishop; Yale Housing Manager Kate St. Marie; Yale Campus Police Officer Grace Schenkle

Date: May 8th, 2018, 4:41 pm

Subject: Re: From The Dean

Dear Dean Cooley,


Your account of what occurred last night is entirely inaccurate.  I wish you had spoken with me.  


I did not report an unauthorized person in the common room at HGS.  I reported someone whom I did not recognize sleeping in the common room of HGS, which is a violation of HGS regulations and is in the HGS resident handbook.

I was checking the common room, because there had been very noisy persons in the common room all evening, slamming the doors to the room and the elevator repeatedly all night long, and I wanted to make sure that everything was ok.  I had no idea that I would find anyone in the common room at all at that late hour, especially not someone who appeared to have set up the room as a hotel suite.

The woman whom I encountered was lying on the couch, completely covered by a blanket from head to toe.  I could only see a human form covered entirely with a blanket.  I had no idea the race or the sex or the identity of the person sleeping on the couch when I turned on the light and asked the person if they were a resident and if they were a student.  When the woman awoke, she would answer none of these questions.  I did immediately identify myself as an HGS resident.

The woman grabbed her phone and looked as if she was going to begin taking pictures of me.  She said to me, “Are you the lady who called the cops on that party?” identifying herself as one of the persons who had possibly been harassing me all semester.  

For these reasons, I decided to call the Yale Police.  I immediately sent an email to Provost Spangler, Associate Provost Smith, Officer Schenkle, George Longyear, Beth Bishop, and Kate St. Marie, to let them know what was happening.  I told them exactly what was going on.  I will be happy to forward my emails to them to you.  

The ostensible suggestion that I called the police for any other reason than a reasonable concern for my personal safety is unequivocally false.

I am completely dismayed.  

Best regards,

Sarah Braasch

From: Sarah Braasch

To: Yale Grad School Dean Lynn Cooley; Yale Campus Police Chief Ronnell Higgins; Yale Provost and University wide Title IX Coordinator Stephanie Spangler; Associate Provost Cynthia Smith; Yale Housing Director George Longyear; Yale Housing Manager Beth Bishop; Yale Housing Manager Kate St. Marie; Yale Campus Police Officer Grace Schenkle

Date: May 8th, 2018, 5:04 pm

Subject: Re: From The Dean

Dear Dean Cooley,
I respectfully request that you send a follow up letter correcting the inaccuracies in your account.  
Best regards,
Sarah Braasch

From: Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley

To: Sarah Braasch; Yale Campus Police Chief Ronnell Higgins; Yale Provost and University wide Title IX Coordinator Stephanie Spangler; Associate Provost Cynthia Smith; Yale Housing Director George Longyear; Yale Housing Manager Beth Bishop; Yale Housing Manager Kate St. Marie; Yale Campus Police Officer Grace Schenkle

Date: May 9th, 2018, 6:30 am

Subject: Re: From The Dean

Dear Ms. Braasch,

Thank you for writing.  I do not believe the message I wrote is inconsistent with your account. 

Sincerely,

Dean Cooley

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Letter of Demand for Retraction and Apology to MSNBC and Joy Reid and Chris Hayes (also includes Tim Wise)

Notice to Cease and Desist and Notice of Demand for Retraction and Apology

May 13, 2019

Attorney Kimberley D. Harris, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation, and General Counsel

NBCUniversal

30 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, NY 10112

Re:  Defamation of Character of Sarah Braasch on MSNBC

Attorney Harris:

First and foremost, as I made clear in my prior letter regarding NBC News, this letter serves as notice that the video recording made of me on May 8th, 2018, in my Yale University dormitory, the Hall of Graduate Studies, was made illegally, under Connecticut State Law, and the distribution of this video recording, either the audio or the video therefrom, or any part thereof, is illegal under Connecticut State Law, including under CT General Statutes, Chapter 952, Section 53A, Provisions 189 a and b.  I intend to pursue prosecution for the illegal distribution of this video recording to the full extent of the law.  The distribution of this illegal video recording is a felony under CT State Law, with a statute of limitations of 5 years.  I demand that you remove this video wherever it may have been posted by any agent of Comcast Corporation.  I demand that you remove any links to this video wherever these links may have been posted by any agent of Comcast Corporation.  

Attorney Sternlicht’s claims in his response letter dated May 7, 2019, that NBCUniversal’s distribution of this illegal video recording is not illegal are false.  Attorney Sternlicht claims that Connecticut is a one party state, which is false, but even if that were the case, it remains true that I had more than a reasonable expectation of privacy standing in the doorway of my dorm room on Yale’s campus at 2 am, and it remains true that the video recording of me from May 8th, 2018, is illegal under CT State Law, as I mentioned in my initial letter.  Once you have been made aware that the video recording is illegal, you are aware that you are illegally distributing an illegal video recording, and NBCUniversal has been made aware that the video recording is illegal.  And, Attorney Sternlicht’s claims that I consented to being both recorded and filmed are patently ridiculous.  I did not consent either to being filmed or recorded just because my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, held up her cell phone, nor did I consent to being either filmed or recorded because my attacker told me she was placing the video recording on Facebook Live at the very end of the recording.  I did not hear her say this at the time, and even if I could have consented retroactively, I clearly did not, because, as Attorney Sternlicht notes, I was very clearly objecting to having my photo taken, which also makes clear that I was not aware, nor did I consent to being recorded or filmed.  Moreover, that Attorney Sternlicht would attempt to describe an illegal online campaign to publicly shame an older, disabled woman for her mental health disability by violating her privacy rights as a matter of public interest, justifying NBCUniversal’s illegal distribution of this video, is both asinine and reprehensible.  Moreover, Attorney Sternlicht’s claim that Staff Writer Erik Ortiz linking me to a police shooting of an unarmed black woman near Yale University is not defamatory and did not endanger my life and destroy my career and reputation and livelihood is, frankly, shocking.  

This letter serves as a demand that all Comcast Corporation agents cease and desist their grossly false and defamatory statements about me, Sarah Braasch, immediately.  This letter also serves as a demand that all Comcast Corporation agents who have made such grossly false and defamatory statements about me, including, but not limited to, MSNBC, Joy Reid, and Chris Hayes, immediately and publicly retract those statements and immediately and publicly apologize to me, Sarah Braasch, for having made those grossly false and defamatory statements.  

These grossly false and defamatory statements include, but are not limited to, the following:

MSNBC has produced a video, which grossly defames me as guilty of racial harassment.  This video is available on MSNBC’s website and their YouTube Channel, and has been widely viewed and distributed online.  On May 29th, 2018, while I was in hiding to save my own life, after I had to flee Yale’s campus while being taunted by a mob, and while I was receiving thousands upon thousands of death threats and threats of violence, including sexual violence, and while I was curled up in the fetal position in a state of literal physical shock, convulsing with the chills, terrified to leave my room, knowing that my life and career had been wrongfully destroyed, MSNBC aired a Town Hall called “Everyday Racism in America.”  During this defamatory broadcast, Joy Reid and Chris Hayes made grossly false and defamatory statements about me and what happened during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale that can only be construed as an attempt to destroy my life and career as a human and civil rights licensed attorney activist and to bring about the death of an innocent civil rights activist and older disabled woman by either driving me to suicide or inciting my murder.  

Joy Reid and Chris Hayes concocted a grotesque fairy tale about what occurred, and what I had done, and what my motivations were, and who I am.

Chris Hayes begins by telling a straight up bald faced lie and trying to make it seem like I just happened to come across a random sleeping black person in the huge, ground floor common room of my Yale dorm in the middle of the night, instead of what actually happened, which was that the person who had been terrorizing me that evening and for months in my isolated dorm room was camped out immediately outside of my isolated dorm room, in the small, little used room next door, the only other room on that floor, at the top of a tower.  

Chris Hayes described the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax, of which I was the victim, as a trauma that I inflicted on my attacker, and he said that I othered her. 

I was the person who was being terrorized in my isolated dorm room that evening and for months.  I was the person who was being targeted for my sex, disability, age, and race.  I was the person who was traumatized.  I was the person who was being othered.  I was the person being policed.  I was the person being excluded from her own campus, from her own home.  

Chris Hayes actually asked my attacker what it was like to spend time in the common room of my Yale dorm after the video had gone viral, meaning the huge, ground floor common room of my Yale dorm.  This is a preposterous and gross and willful mischaracterization of the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale.  

Joy Reid asked my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, if she had seen me on campus since May 8th, 2018, and what had occurred if she had.  Well, she wouldn’t have seen me on campus, because I had to immediately go into hiding for my personal safety.  I had to move into a part of the dorm that was under construction, where I wouldn’t be attacked.  I had to flee Yale’s campus for my personal safety, and I feared for my life while I was being taunted by a mob, while I was waiting, desperately, for my Uber.  

Joy Reid said that it feels like we’re back in the fight over whether black people are going to have access to public spaces, and she was referring specifically to me when she said this.  One of the key points of my legal and human and civil rights advocacy for years has been the desegregation of the public space.  This information is widely and readily available online, including in my bio on Yale’s Philosophy Department website.  In fact, my focus on the desegregation of the public space is why I chose to go work as a Human Rights Fellow at Ni Putes Ni Soumises in France, a women’s rights organization comprised primarily of women from the predominantly Muslim and North and Sub-Saharan African immigrant communities surrounding the major cities of France, for whom desegregation of the public space is a pillar of their movement.  This is information that is widely and readily available online, including in my bio on Yale’s Philosophy Department website.  Why didn’t I have the right to feel safe and to be free from harassment, stalking, and attacks in my own home, my isolated dorm room, and as I walked across campus?  

Of course, the entire panel and its assorted guests, a panel on Everyday Racism in America, in which I was included as an example of a racist who tries to get black and brown people killed by weaponizing the police, made grossly false and defamatory statement after statement about how what I did was racist, and how I was suspicious of my attacker, because of the color of her skin, and how I was trying to weaponize the police against black and brown people, and how I was trying to exclude black and brown people from my white space, and how I thought I had the authority to police my white space.  It was, frankly, grotesque.  It was a grotesque fairy tale concocted to endanger my life and destroy my lifelong career as an innocent human and civil rights licensed attorney activist.  

Tim Wise, the author of White Like Me:  Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son, said that I called the Yale campus police on my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, with the knowledge of Tamir Rice’s death at the hands of the police, and he made the following, absolutely obscene statement about what I was thinking during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale:

“My discomfort with you right now is worth more than the potential that your life could be snuffed in ten minutes.  Until that stops, nothing is going to change.”

I was literally in a state of shock, listening to this grotesque lie about me, about who I am, about what happened during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale, about what I did, and about what my motivations were, while Joy Reid and Chris Hayes and the other panelists clapped and nodded in agreement. 

When Tim Wise says something like this about me on MSNBC, this can only be construed as an attempt to endanger my life and destroy my career and reputation and livelihood.  He is trying to get me killed by saying that I was trying to kill a black person by weaponizing the police, which is the most grotesque and disgusting lie imaginable.  

Then, Chris Hayes concocted a grotesque fairy tale immediately thereafter about what happened during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale.  Chris Hayes explicitly states that I called 911, which is a bald faced lie.  Chris Hayes explicitly states that I never tried to speak to my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, before calling the Yale campus police, which is a bald faced lie.  Chris Hayes explicitly states that I was so uncomfortable with my attacker, because of the color of her skin, that I didn’t even bother to try to speak to her before dialing 911, which is a straight up, bald faced lie.  

Joy Reid explicitly states that what I did was a nuisance call, and that there should be legal repercussions for what I did.  Then the panel discussed how much of this is the result of gentrification and white people moving into black communities.  I grew up among black and brown people in a racially integrated religious cult, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the notion that I would regard a black or brown person as suspicious, because of the color of their skin is so ludicrous and asinine that it is too preposterous to be considered.  This is information that is widely and readily available online.  The panel also spoke about how all of these racist 911 callers who are trying to get black and brown people killed by weaponizing the police are motivated by Trump and Trump’s rhetoric, and how Trump unleashed our racism and empowered us to be racist.  I have only ever voted Democratic my entire adult life, and I was a vociferous anti-Trump advocate during the last presidential election. Again, this is information that is widely and readily available online.  

These are straight up, bald faced lies, on the part of Joy Reid, Chris Hayes, and MSNBC, meant to destroy my life, my career as a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist, and ruin my reputation and livelihood, with reckless disregard for the truth, lies which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder.  

Moreover, the illegal video of me from May 8th, 2018, was made of me, illegally, and widely distributed online, illegally, for the purpose of shaming me for my disability, my mental health disability, including by MSNBC.  The fact that I was targeted for my mental health disability is made abundantly clear in the video itself, when my attacker repeatedly calls me psychotic and says that I should be put in a mental institution.  She also explicitly states that it was Yale who illegally fed her my personal information, including my mental health history, when she says that Yale knows that I’m crazy and that I should be institutionalized.  That MSNBC would participate in the cable news broadcast and online public shaming of a middle aged, disabled woman, who was made a target, because of her mental health disability, is reprehensible.  The most defamatory and disgusting thing that MSNBC did in producing this broadcast meant to destroy my life, a broadcast which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder, was to purposely and purposefully omit those portions of the video that make it clear that my attacker was targeting me for my mental health disability, as well as those portions of the video where my attacker stigmatizes mental illness and makes clear that Yale was illegally feeding her my personal information, in gross violation of my privacy, including my mental health history.  

These are straight-up, bald-faced lies, on the part of Comcast Corporation, including MSNBC, Joy Reid, and Chris Hayes, meant to destroy my life, my career as a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist, and ruin my reputation and livelihood, with reckless disregard for the truth, lies which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder.  Joy Reid and Chris Hayes lied on MSNBC about me.  They didn’t even try to find out the truth of what happened. They did not meet the bare minimum requirement with respect to their ethical and journalistic obligations to report the truth before they endangered and destroyed my life by telling lies about me on MSNBC, broadcast to the entire world.  

The damage to my life, reputation, livelihood, good name, and career are incalculable.  I was forced to flee my dorm room and then campus. I was suicidal for near a year and forced into hiding for my personal safety.  I continue to be defamed as a racist, including recently, by Erik Ortiz and NBC News.  I can’t even begin to count the death threats and threats of violence that I have received. I can’t even begin to count the number of instances of defamation as guilty of racial harassment that I have endured in the national and international news media, as well as on social media, including on MSNBC and including by Joy Reid and Chris Hayes.  My academic and legal and human and civil rights careers are over.  I will never be able to secure gainful employment.  I will no longer be able to support myself.  

I had been a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist who had devoted her life to undermining oppression in all of its many forms, including racism.  No one who has ever known me has ever heard or seen me say or do anything racist ever.  Everything that I had wished for my life is no longer possible. Everything that I had strived for my entire life has been destroyed, it has been stripped from me through no fault of my own.  

As a result, I immediately demand the following: 

  1. Comcast Corporation will remove the illegal video recording of me and any part thereof, wherever it exists, including all links thereto;  
  2. Comcast Corporation will retract and remove all grossly false and defamatory statements about me, wherever they exist, including all links thereto;
  3. Comcast Corporation will produce a statement, including an apology to me, and Comcast Corporation will explain the gross illegality of all other grossly false and defamatory statements about me, as well as their grossly false and defamatory character; this new statement will take the place of the former grossly false and defamatory statements, wherever they exist, including all links thereto;
  4. Comcast Corporation will issue a public apology to me for concluding that I acted with any racial animus or bias in connection with this incident, and stating that all the evidence known to Comcast Corporation suggests otherwise, and this public apology will be read on air on any broadcast that had previously aired grossly false and defamatory statements about me, including on MSNBC, and including by Joy Reid and Chris Hayes; and 
  5. Comcast Corporation will publicly announce that I have been publicly misrepresented as engaging in discriminatory misconduct, and this public announcement will be read on air on any broadcast that had previously aired grossly false and defamatory statements about me, including on MSNBC, and including by Joy Reid and Chris Hayes.  Indeed, my work at Yale and beyond evidence that I harbor no racial animus whatsoever.  To the contrary, I have dedicated myself to causes of social justice including the cause of eradicating all forms of discrimination. 

I expect a response from you in short order.

Sincerely, 

Sarah Braasch

cc:  Attorney David Sternlicht, Senior Vice President, NBCUniversal News Group, Legal

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Appeal to the Federal Office for Civil Rights, Asking The OCR to Open an Investigation at Yale

Below please find the primary text of my appeal to the Federal Office for Civil Rights, asking them to open an investigation into Yale University’s gross violations of civil rights law during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax:

The OCR’s letter dismissing the complaint only indicates that I am alleging that University Officials harassed me and retaliated against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age, AFTER May 8th, 2018.  This is incorrect.  I am alleging that University Officials and the Campus Police harassed me and retaliated against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age, BETWEEN AND ON the dates of February 24th, 2018, and May 8th, 2018.  

I am explicitly alleging that University Officials and the Yale Campus Police participated in the harassment and retaliation against me on and between these dates, and that University Officials and the Campus Police assisted my attackers, Lolade Siyonbola and Jean Louis Reneson, and others, in harassing me and retaliating against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age between and on these dates.

This is made clear in the illegal video recording of me, made on May 8th, 2018, which was widely distributed around the world to shame me for my mental health disabilty, when my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, repeatedly states that I’m psychotic and crazy and that I should be put in a mental institution, and repeatedly states that Yale knows that I’m psychotic and crazy and that I should be put in a mental institution.  I was being targeted as the victim of harassment and retaliation on the basis of my mental health disability by both my student and Resident Coordinator attackers AND University Officials AND the Campus Police.  The illegal video recording of me makes more than clear that my attacker was intimately familiar with who I was.  She knew all of these personal details of my life, even though she had never met me, because Yale was illegally feeding her my personal information, including my mental health history, a fact which she also makes clear in the illegally recorded and distributed video.  Additionally, Provost Stephanie Spangler accidentally revealed to me when I met with her in March & April, 2018, that Yale was illegally feeding my personal information to my attackers, including my name and my mental health history.  

I am alleging that, as told to me by Housing Director George Longyear on March 2nd, 2018, Yale Deans, including Grad School Dean Lynn Cooley and Grad School Diversity Dean Michelle Nearon, and others, harassed and retaliated against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age, between the dates of February 24th, and March 2nd, 2018, and that this harassment and retaliation continued thereafter and continues to this day.  

By March 2nd, 2018, I had been fully exonerated by the Housing Managers for the February 24th, 2018 incident.  The Housing Managers told me that not only had I done absolutely nothing wrong, but that I was the only person involved who had done nothing wrong.  Moreover, I was the person who was terrorized in my isolated dorm room on the evening of February 24th, 2018.  The Deans who harassed and retaliated against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age thereafter knew that I was entirely innocent of racial harassment.  They were not harassing me and retaliating against me, because they believed that I had been accused of or had perpetrated racial harassment.  They were harassing me and retaliating against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age.  This harassment and retaliation took the form of them determining that I should participate in a town hall, during which I was supposed to publicly declare myself a racist, as well as undergo implicit bias training.  This harassment and retaliation also took the form of them spreading across campus that I was guilty of racial harassment, as was told me by the Housing Director, when he told me that the allegations against me were “going around” and “gaining traction,” including by a group of Deans. I experienced walking across campus on multiple occasions and overhearing myself being discussed as a racist who should be kicked off campus and thrown out of school.  I am alleging that these Deans desired to publicly brand me a racist to destroy my lifelong career as a human and civil rights licensed attorney activist to harass and retaliate against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age.  

I am alleging that when Grad School Diversity Dean Michelle Nearon told me, via email, that not only did she have no interest in addressing the fact that I had been and was still being harassed and stalked on campus on the basis of race, disability, sex, and age, but also that if I had any concerns for my personal safety on campus that I should move out of my home and leave campus, that this was harassment and retaliation against me on the basis of race, disability, sex, and age.  I told Dean Nearon as much via email.  I am alleging that after I threatened to take civil legal action to protect my rights and interests, Dean Michelle Nearon’s refusal to meet with me on the record and refusal to work with me in writing and refusal to help me restore my good name and reputation on campus, while I was being defamed across campus as guilty of racial harassment, was harassment and retaliation against me on the basis of race, disability, sex, and age. I told Dean Nearon as much via email. 

I am alleging that the Administration’s and the Campus Police’s refusals to do anything to protect me and to make me safe in my isolated dorm room and on campus BETWEEN February 24th, 2018, and May 8th, 2018, was harassment and retaliation on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age.  They knew who my attackers were, and they not only did nothing to stop them, but they also assisted my attackers in harassing me and retaliating against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age.  

Yale’s recent farcical Title VI Review Report, which further defames me and is a further instance of retaliation and harassment against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age does clarify the follow:  “Race-based D&H falls under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 . . . universities receiving federal funds cannot discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color or national origin, either directly or indirectly.” This means that the Administration’s and the Campus Police’s outright refusals to do anything about the harassment and stalking that I was enduring in my dorm room in on campus housing and as I walked across campus was itself harassment and retaliation on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age.   

I am alleging that after I threatened to take civil legal action to protect my rights and interests, Yale General Counsel Attorney Caroline Hendel’s refusal to help me in any way, and her insistence that I deal with Dean Nearon, after I told Attorney Hendel that I believed Dean Nearon was in gross violation of Title IX and ADA regulations, and after I told her that Dean Nearon had expressed callous disregard for my personal safety on campus, was harassment and retaliation against me on the basis of race, disability, sex, and age.  I told Attorney Hendel as much via email.  This occurred in March, 2018.  

I also wish to make clear that the Yale Campus Police Department considers itself a private force hired by Yale University, and they often attempt to circumvent their obligations to the general public by claiming such, including FOIA requests.  They are agents of Yale University.  As such, given that Yale University receives federal funding, the Campus Police cannot discriminate on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age. I am alleging that the Campus Police grossly discriminated and harassed and retaliated against me on the basis of race, age, disability, and sex, as I detailed in my original complaint to the OCR. The OCR should open an investigation into the illegal acts of the Campus Police.  The OCR’s letter dismissing the complaint failed to address any of these gross violations.  

The OCR’s letter dismissing the complaint claims that the harassment and stalking and retaliation and discrimination that I have endured from students, Resident Coordinators, University Officials, and the Campus Police, cannot be taken to have been on the basis of race, sex, disability, or age, because this is too speculative.  Frankly, I find this claim to be preposterous.  First and foremost, as I made clear above, the harassment, discrimination, and retaliation need not be direct; it may be indirect as well.  I am alleging both direct and indirect harassment, stalking, discrimination, and retaliation on the part of students, Resident Coordinators, University Officials, and the Campus Police.  

It could not be clearer that I was being harassed and stalked, in my dorm room and as I walked across campus, on the basis of my mental health disability.  As I mention above, the illegal video recording of me on May 8th, 2018, makes this more than clear.  Additionally, my attackers made it more than clear in their global defamation campaign that they waged against me immediately following the May 8th, 2018 incident, that they had always been targeting me due to my mental health disability, and that Yale was not only aware of this fact, but that the Yale Administration also assisted them in their efforts.  For the OCR to state that it’s too speculative to infer that I was being targeted on the basis of my mental health disability by students, Resident Coordinators, University Officials, and the Yale Campus Police, both directly and indirectly, is ludicrous.  

On February 24th, 2018, I made clear to my attacker, Jean Louis Reneson, that I was asking him to leave, because I was a woman, alone, and he had followed me up to my isolated dorm room to gain unauthorized access to the 12thfloor of the tower of the Hall of Graduate Studies.  I could not have made this clearer.  It was out of concern for my personal safety, as a woman living alone in an isolated dorm room, that I called the non-emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police on February 24th, 2018.  I could not have made this fact clearer to everyone involved, including the Yale Administration, Yale Housing, and the Yale Campus Police.  This fact is reiterated in my Yale Campus Police report dated March 9th, 2018, and filed with Yale Campus Police Officer Grace Schenkle. Again, the Housing Managers investigated the February 24th, 2018 incident and fully exonerated me.  They told me that they would discipline the Resident Coordinators for not having handled the situation properly.  I am repeating these facts, because I want to make clear that the students involved, the Resident Coordinators, the University Officials, and the Yale Campus Police Department harassed and stalked me, discriminated against me, and retaliated against me, not because they believed that I had been accused of or had perpetrated racial harassment, but due to my race, sex, disability, and age.  Everyone knew that I had NOT perpetrated racial harassment.  I was being harassed and stalked and attacked, discriminated and retaliated against, because I had dared to assert my rights to be safe on Yale’s campus, as an older, disabled woman, by telling a man who had followed me up to my isolated dorm room, and who had clearly gained unauthorized access thereto, to leave, and because I had called the non emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police, and because I had taken reasonable precautions to enter my dorm room safely.  And, moreover, I was being discriminated and retaliated against, by University Officials, when I asserted that they were in gross violation of Federal Civil Rights Laws by engaging in such discrimination and retaliation and direct and indirect harassment and stalking and attacks.  (As I made clear in my complaint to the OCR, the Yale Administration jumped at the chance to expel me again, as they had tried to do in Spring, 2015.)

I made clear to Yale Housing, the Yale Administration, and the Yale Campus Police Department that I had grave concerns that Yale was taking the position that an older, disabled woman who lives alone in an isolated dorm room in Yale’s on campus graduate student housing does not have the right to take reasonable precautions to ensure that she can enter her isolated dorm room safely; that she does not have the right to tell a man who followed her up to her isolated dorm room to gain unauthorized access thereto to leave; that she does not have the right to call the non emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police when she is followed by a man up to her isolated dorm room, a man who had clearly gained unauthorized access thereto.  The notion that it is too speculative to infer that I was being discriminated against, harassed and stalked, and retaliated against on the basis of sex is preposterous.  

I made clear to Dean Nearon via email that I took her refusals to address the harassment and stalking and attacks against me as gross violations of Title IX and the ADA.  I made clear to Attorney Hendel that I took her refusals to address the harassment and stalking and attacks against me as gross violations of Title IX and the ADA, as well as her insistence that I deal with Dean Nearon, after I had made clear that I believed Dean Nearon to be in gross violation of Title IX and the ADA.  I made clear to Provost Spangler and Associate Provost Cynthia Smith and Yale Campus Police Chief Ronnell Higgins that I took Dean Nearon and Attorney Hendel and Sergeant Robbins-Hoffman and Yale Housing and the Yale Campus Police Department to be in gross violation of Title IX and the ADA. The notion that it is too speculative to infer that I was being discriminated against, harassed and stalked and attacked, and retaliated against on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age is preposterous.

Moreover, the May 8th, 2018 incident and subsequent global defamation campaign against me took place at the apex of the Living While Black movement.  It is more than clear from the statements of my attackers subsequent to the May 8th, 2018 incident, as well as the statements of University Officials, that they had every intention of taking full advantage of the Living While Black narrative to destroy my life and career, as well as drive me to suicide and incite my murder.  They, including University Officials, had every intention of globally and publicly branding me a racist, not because they knew that I had been accused of or had perpetrated racial harassment, but to target me for my race, sex, diability, and age.  For the OCR to suggest that it is too speculative to infer that I was harassed and stalked and attacked, and discriminated and retaliated against, including by University Officials and the Yale Campus Police department, on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age, is, quite frankly, preposterous.  Quite frankly, I was the victim of a hate crime hoax, and the Yale Administration and the Yale Campus Police were complicit.  

Finally, the OCR’s statement that I was not engaged in a protected activity is preposterous.  I was very clearly engaged in a protected activity, was a member of multiple protected classes, was being targeted because of my membership in those protected classes, and suffered adverse actions by Yale University, which adversely affected my ability to participate in those protected activities.  The OCR claims that being accused of having perpetrated racial harassment is not a protected activity.  The notion that this was the protected activity in which I was engaged is ludicrous. Clearly, I was engaged in the protected activity of studying, living, and working on Yale’s campus, as an older, disabled white woman.  Clearly, the protected activity I was engaged in was walking across campus while being free from discrimination and harassment and stalking and attacks on the basis of my race, sex, disability, and age.  Clearly, I was engaged in the protected activity of living in Yale’s on campus housing while being free from discrimination and harassment and stalking and attacks and retaliation on the basis of my race, sex, disability, and age. Clearly, I was engaged in the protected activity of having the right to tell a man who had followed me up to my isolated dorm room and gained unauthorized access thereto to leave. Clearly, I was engaged in the protected activity of having the right to call the non emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police after having been followed up to my isolated dorm room by a man who had clearly gained unauthorized access thereto.  Clearly, I was engaged in the protected activity of pursuing my academic and occupational goals as a graduate student at Yale University without being attacked and harassed and discriminated against and retaliated against by University Officials and the Yale Campus Police department on the basis of race, age, disability, and sex.  

I suffered untold adverse actions by University Officials and the Yale Campus Police Department. They destroyed my life and career. They ruined my reputation and livelihood.  They almost drove me to suicide and almost incited my murder.  They made grossly false and wrongful and defamatory public statements about me.  They wrongfully charged me with racial harassment, even though they knew I was entirely innocent, and they did this due to my race, sex, disability, and age. They wrongfully banned me from campus. They wrongfully banned me from teaching at Yale.  I will not now be able to complete a crucial component of my dissertation – the empirical social psychological study on the nature of authority and the nature of the relationship between authority and legitimacy.  These bans remain in effect to this day.  I almost died, because of what they did to me.  I will never be able to secure gainful employment.  I will never be able to support myself.  My human and civil rights and legal and academic careers are over, through no fault of my own.  My life has been completely and utterly devastated, because of what they did to me, and I am asking the Federal Office for Civil Rights to open an investigation at Yale University for these reasons.  Please do the right thing and help me.  

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Demand for Retraction and Apology Letter to the ACLU

Notice to Cease and Desist and Notice of Demand for Retraction and Apology

April 18, 2019

Attorney David Cole, National Legal Director

American Civil Liberties Union

125 Broad Street, 18thFloor

New York, NY 10004

Re:  Defamation of Character of Sarah Braasch

Attorney Cole:

First and foremost, this letter serves as notice that the video recording made of me on May 8th, 2018, in my Yale University dormitory, the Hall of Graduate Studies, was made illegally, under Connecticut State Law, and the distribution of this video recording, either the audio or the video therefrom, is illegal under Connecticut State Law, including under CT General Statutes, Chapter 952, Section 53A, Provisions 189 a and b.  I intend to pursue prosecution for the illegal distribution of this video recording to the full extent of the law.  The distribution of this illegal video recording is a felony under CT State Law, with a statute of limitations of 5 years.  I demand that you remove this video wherever it may have been posted by any agent of the American Civil Liberties Union.  I demand that you remove any links to this video wherever these links may have been posted by any agent of the American Civil Liberties Union. 

This letter serves as a demand that all American Civil Liberties Union agents cease and desist their grossly false and defamatory statements about me, Sarah Braasch, immediately.  This letter also serves as a demand that all American Civil Liberties Union agents who have made such grossly false and defamatory statements about me, including, but not limited to, Attorney Carl Takei, immediately and publicly retract those statements and immediately and publicly apologize to me, Sarah Braasch, for having made those grossly false and defamatory statements.  

These grossly false and defamatory statements include, but are not limited to, the following:

Attorney Carl Takei’s grossly false and defamatory statements about me in his essay on the ACLU website, Colleges and Universities Have a Racial Profiling Problem.  Attorney Takei explicitly states that I reported the woman whom I had encountered in the small common room next to my isolated dorm room to the Yale campus police, because I regarded her as suspicious, because of the color of her skin.  Attorney Takei explicitly states that my call to the Yale campus police was unjustified. Attorney Takei explicitly states that I was motivated by racial bias.  Attorney Takei explicitly states that I was weaponizing the Yale campus police. This is a straight up, bald faced lie, on the part of the ACLU, meant to destroy my life, my career as a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist, and ruin my reputation and livelihood, with reckless disregard for the truth, a lie which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder.  

The ACLU has produced a video which grossly defames me as guilty of racial harassment.  This video is available on the ACLU’s website and their YouTube Channel, and has been widely viewed and distributed online.  The ACLU explicitly states in the video that I reported the woman whom I had encountered in the small common room next to my isolated dorm room to the Yale campus police, because I regarded her as suspicious, because of the color of her skin.  The ACLU explicitly states in the video that my call to the Yale campus police was unjustified.  The ACLU explicitly states in the video that I was motivated by racial bias.  The ACLU explicitly states in the video that I was weaponizing the Yale campus police.  This is a straight up, bald faced lie, on the part of the ACLU, meant to destroy my life, my career as a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist, and ruin my reputation and livelihood, with reckless disregard for the truth, a lie which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder.  

Moreover, this video was made of me, illegally, and widely distributed online, illegally, for the purpose of shaming me for my disability, my mental health disability, including by the ACLU.  The fact that I was targeted for my mental health disability is made abundantly clear in the video itself, when my attacker repeatedly calls me psychotic and says that I should be put in a mental institution.  She also explicitly states that it was Yale who illegally fed her my personal information, including my mental health history, when she says that Yale knows that I’m crazy and that I should be institutionalized. That the ACLU would participate in the online public shaming of a middle aged, disabled woman, who was made a target, because of her mental health disability, is a renunciation of the ACLU’s campaigns regarding disability rights, as well as privacy, including online privacy.  The most defamatory and disgusting thing that the ACLU did in producing this video meant to destroy my life, a video which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder, was to purposely and purposefully omit those portions of the video that make it clear that my attacker was targeting me for my mental health disability, as well as those portions of the video where my attacker stigmatizes mental illness and makes clear that Yale was illegally feeding her my personal information, in gross violation of my privacy, including my mental health history.  

The damage to my life, reputation, livelihood, good name, and career are incalculable.  I was forced to flee my dorm room and then campus. I was suicidal for near a year and forced into hiding for my personal safety.  I continue to be defamed as a racist.  I can’t even begin to count the death threats and threats of violence that I have received.  I can’t even begin to count the number of instances of defamation as guilty of racial harassment that I have endured in the national and international news media, as well as on social media, including on the ACLU’s own website, its YouTube Channel, and social media accounts, including those of the ACLU’s many agents and affiliates.  My academic and legal and human and civil rights careers are over.  I will never be able to secure gainful employment.  I will no longer be able to support myself. 

I had been a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist who had devoted her life to undermining oppression in all of its many forms, including racism.  No one who has ever known me has ever heard or seen me say or do anything racist ever.  Everything that I had wished for my life is no longer possible.  Everything that I had strived for my entire life has been destroyed, it has been stripped from me through no fault of my own.  And, most ironically, I had been an ardent supporter of the ACLU, a card-carrying member, and a donor.  

As a result, I immediately demand the following: 

  1. The ACLU will retract and remove Attorney Takei’s grossly false and defamatory essay, wherever it exists, including all links thereto;
  2. The ACLU will retract and remove its grossly false and defamatory video about me, wherever it exists, including all links thereto;  
  3. The ACLU will retract and remove all other grossly false and defamatory statements about me, wherever they exist, including all links thereto;
  4. Attorney Takei will write a new essay, including an apology to me, and he will explain the gross illegality of the prior essay, as well as its grossly defamatory character; this new essay will take the place of the former grossly false and defamatory essay, wherever it exists, including all links thereto;
  5. The ACLU will produce a new video, including an apology to me, and the ACLU will explain the gross illegality of the prior video, as well as its grossly defamatory character; this new video will take the place of the former grossly false and defamatory video, wherever it exists, including all links thereto;
  6. The ACLU will produce a statement, including an apology to me, and the ACLU will explain the gross illegality of all other grossly false and defamatory statements about me, as well as their grossly defamatory character; this new statement will take the place of the former grossly false and defamatory statements, wherever they exist, including all links thereto;
  7. The ACLU will issue a public apology to me for concluding that I acted with any racial animus in connection with this incidence, and stating that all the evidence known to the ACLU suggests otherwise; and 
  8. The ACLU will publicly announce that I have been publicly misrepresented as engaging in discriminatory misconduct. Indeed my work at Yale and beyond evidence that I harbor no racial animus whatsoever. To the contrary, I have dedicated myself to causes of social justice including the cause of eradicating all forms of discrimination. 

I expect a response from you in short order.

Sincerely, 

Sarah Braasch

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Why I Was a Social Pariah at Yale and Why the Yale Administration Was Trying to Expel Me for the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax YouTube Channel Video and Transcript

Below please find my Why I Was a Social Pariah at Yale and Why the Yale Administration Was Trying to Expel Me for the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax YouTube Channel Video and Transcript. Many persons have requested transcripts of my videos, and I will provide them here, especially the videos of my full, detailed account of what really happened during the now notorious Living or Napping While Black incident at Yale, which was actually a hate crime hoax, and the Yale Administration and the Yale Campus Police were complicit.

Here is the my Why I Was a Social Pariah at Yale and Why the Yale Administration Was Trying to Expel Me for the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax YouTube Channel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7v-1h2C6Ls

Here is the transcript thereof:

Hi.  This is Sarah Braasch.  Welcome or welcome back to my channel.  

Today, I am going to talk about why I was a social pariah on campus at Yale, and why the Yale Administration was looking for any reason to expel me, and to destroy my life and discredit my work.  

I was widely despised on campus, including by the Yale Administration.  You’d think I’d be used to being socially ostracized, after having grown up in the misogynistic religious cult of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a cult from which I walked away at 17 with nothing and no one, but it was a very difficult time for me.  I ended up having to seek help at the Mental Health Clinic at the Student Health Center on Yale’s campus.  I was on psychotropic medication for the next couple of years, including anti-psychotic medication, a point of which much was made by my attackers and the Yale Administration, who illegally fed my personal information to my attackers.  

In the Spring of 2015, during my first year in the PhD Program in Philosophy at Yale, our department was undergoing a search for a tenure track Assistant Professor position. I actually hadn’t been much involved. 

I found out that some of the graduate students had been trolling online for dirt on the job candidates. Someone found some years old comments that one of the job candidates had made regarding homosexuality.  I believe that these comments were made on explicitly Christian community forums.  More or less, the comments expressed his adherence to Christian doctrine on all matters, which he understood to include Biblical scripture.  He then said that he understood Biblical scripture to include a prohibition on sodomy, which he understood as including a prohibition on homosexual sex.  That’s it. 

These years old online comments were interpreted as anti-LGBTQ hate speech by many of the graduate students.  They decided that they were going to wage a campaign to make sure that this particular job candidate (our only POC job candidate) would not, under any conditions, get the Assistant Professor job.  I tried to speak reason and common sense to them.  I told them that, arguably, they were part of the hiring process, and that they were wading into legally dangerous waters.  I told them that it is a violation of federal civil rights law to discriminate on the basis of religion, and that, arguably, this job candidate had done little more than express his adherence to Biblical scripture as Christian doctrine.  I told them that the university has a commitment to free speech and academic freedom, which they were arguably violating.  I told them that we’re talking about someone who had already spent years in academia teaching at an elite institution.  He has an established history of professional behavior.  I told them to speak with a trusted faculty member about their concerns, if they felt like they needed to do so, but to leave it to the faculty to handle it.  

I was immediately denounced as anti-LGBTQ.  My legal competence was disparaged.  My philosophical competence was disparaged.  My character was disparaged and maligned.  

Then, they stated that they were planning to disrupt the job candidate’s job talk with a protest with rainbow colored wigs and rainbow t-shirts and flags, etc.  

I put my foot down.  I said, in no uncertain terms, that I would not allow them to do this.  

I went to a trusted faculty member.  The other graduate students spoke to faculty.  Emails were sent.  At some point someone leaked the controversy to a popular philosophy blog.  

I was accused of having been the one to leak the information to the philosophy blog.  It wasn’t me.  I was trying to protect the reputation of the Philosophy Department and Yale.  I never would have done so.  

Department meetings were held.  People denied having done things and said things that they had done and said.  They tried to make this about me having done something wrong, me being anti-LGBTQ when I’m nothing of the sort, me having violated their privacy by leaking information to the philosophy blog when I had done nothing of the kind.  Then, we had a meeting with just the philosophy graduate students that ended with people crying (myself included) and people running out of the room, because I was allegedly making anti-LGBTQ statements (I wasn’t.).

There was another get together planned with just the graduate students to clear the air and to try to repair our community and move forward.  I had absolutely no intention of going.  I figured it would devolve into a Sarah bashing session.  A couple of the faculty members talked me into going. They assured me that the other graduate students were sincere in wanting to mend fences.  It was even worse than I had feared.  It was me sitting in the center of a circle while 20 or so graduate students took turns berating me and telling me how stupid and evil I am.  I stood firm to the end.  I tried, repeatedly, to explain my profound commitment to civil libertarianism and freedom of expression, including religious expression, despite my strident anti-religion views.  I was in tears and shaking by the end.  The graduate students stormed out of the room, leaving me there alone, devastated.  That was the last time most of them ever spoke to me.  

I immediately became persona non grata amongst the graduate students in the Philosophy Department and beyond.  For the next three years, most of the graduate students wouldn’t speak to me. They wouldn’t look at me except to glare at me.  They would literally get up and leave a room if I entered it.  

It was an incredibly difficult and painful time for me.  I struggled with the social ostracization.  

It wasn’t so much the social ostracization itself, because, as we all know, I’m quite used to being a social pariah, it was the prodigious disappointment.  

When I found out on the very last possible day, April 15th, 2014, that I had been accepted to Yale, I lied down on the floor in the fetal position and cried tears of joy and relief. I was beyond thrilled.  I had the highest expectations for my life and academic career after that point.  

And, to have all of those hopes and expectations dashed, to be a social outcast once more, to know that my Yale experience was going to be painful and difficult, when I had hoped for camaraderie and collegiality, was more than I could bear.  I was devastated.  I fell apart from the shock and the disappointment.  

I needed support, and I had no choice but to seek help at the Mental Health Clinic at the Student Health Center.  I was treated there for the next two years or so, including with the use of psychotropic and anti-psychotic medication.  I don’t think I would have been able to get thru the next couple of years without this assistance.  

I was also supported by the faculty.  They stood by me through the entire nightmare.  In the character letters that the faculty wrote on my behalf recently, after the latest debacle, they wrote that they hoped that they would have the same courage and integrity that I showed when similarly tested.  Nothing has made me prouder.  

I was later made aware that the graduate students had not been satisfied with merely socially ousting me from the department and making my life a living hell.  They wanted me expelled.  They went to the Administration.  This is what I was told.  

I was also made to believe that the only reason why I wasn’t disciplined is because, yet again, the faculty stood up for me.  

I am under no illusions about the fact that many of the graduate students were thrilled to see my life and career destroyed and to see me have to flee campus while being taunted by a mob.  I’m sure that nothing could have made them happier.  

I’m sure that many of the graduate students, those still at Yale and those who have moved on, encouraged the moral outrage mob, online or otherwise, fanning the outrage flames that burned my life to the ground.  

I am also under no illusions that the Administration was positively thrilled when I was accused of a racist hate crime this past Spring.  I believe that they jumped at the chance to publicly brand me a racist, thereby destroying my life and discrediting my work.  

After the nightmare that I have endured, if I had to do it all over again, would I stand up for the federal civil rights of our only POC job candidate?  Knowing how my life would be destroyed as a result?  

In a heartbeat.  I am a profoundly committed civil libertarian. I can only live a life of integrity. My commitment to free speech is principled.  Unless you stand up for everyone’s right to express themselves, even to express ideas with which you could not disagree more, then you don’t believe in free speech. 

This is why my more religious friends were the first ones to stand up for me.  This is why they stood by my side throughout this nightmare, despite my egregious anti religion rhetoric of the past.

They knew I would do it for them, in a heartbeat, without hesitation, no matter the personal cost.

Because they had seen me do it.  They had seen me risk my career, risk everything, to stand up for a stranger’s federal civil rights, including his freedom of religious expression rights.  

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