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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Oumou Kanoute claimed she was profiled for 'eating while black' after a security guard asked her what she was doing. She then posted video of the incident on social media and claimed that she was the victim of racism. An independent law firm investigating the incident found that same year there was no evidence of wrongdoing and cleared all those involved. The case has come to light again after an employee resigned from the school on Friday, citing a 'racially hostile environment.'

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"A veteran cafeteria employee, mentioned to Kanoute that it was reserved for the summer school, and then decided to drop it, according to The New York Times.

"A janitor, who was in his 60s and poor of sight, and had worked at Smith for 35 years, was emptying garbage cans when he saw a figure reclining and eating alone, in a far corner of the canteen which was supposed to be closed.

"Campus police had advised staff to call security rather than confront strangers on their own, so the janitor called security.

"Kanoute had posted the photograph, name and email of the first employee on Facebook, along with that of another janitor, who was not even on site at the time of the incident, and accused them of 'racist cowardly acts'."

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-02-25 02:20 PM | Reply

This could have been easily resolved if not for the fact that people on social media are quick to find any excuse to join in on a witch hunt based on hearsay and incomplete information. ---- Tw*tter and Fa*ebook.

#2 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-02-25 02:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"When racially profiling, call security to do it for you"

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-25 02:49 PM | Reply

How long before the racial profiling begins on whites? The shoe will soon be on the other foot.

Black privilege,instead of white. Free money in the form of reparations. Job set asides. Then we wonder why poor whites flock to demogogues? Color blind is the only way that works. No privilege for anyone.

They shouldn't even ask racial questions on job applications.

All this racial division plays right into the oligarch's hands. They love it,as long as only poor people are affected. Keep the races at each other's throats and they don't even see the real enemy.

#4 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-02-25 03:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"How long before the racial profiling begins on whites?"

1. Be white.
2. Fly a Confederate flag, or wear a MAGA hat.
3. Get racially profiled.

It's been this way your whole life, but really kicked into high gear in 2016.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-25 04:24 PM | Reply

"2. Fly a Confederate flag, or wear a MAGA hat."

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Just goes to show those of you trying to make a racial thing out of it, like the B in this story, are peddling BS.

#6 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-02-26 10:30 AM | Reply

I doubt it was innocent. You have been showing you ass for a while now. History would dictate a tenuous at best approach to the truth.

#7 | Posted by fresno500 at 2021-02-28 08:25 AM | Reply

"On Facebook, she posted a clip of the encounter and called the janitor 'a racist punk'"

Why would the young woman refer to an elderly, visually-impaired janitor as "a racist punk"?:

A janitor, who was in his 60s and poor of sight, and had worked at Smith for 35 years, was emptying garbage cans when he saw a figure reclining and eating alone, in a far corner of the canteen which was supposed to be closed.

Campus police had advised staff to call security rather than confront strangers on their own, so the janitor called security.

'We have a person sitting there laying down in the living room,' the janitor told a dispatcher according to a transcript.

'I didn't approach her or anything but he seems out of place.'


Did the janitor had a history of being racially aggressive or insensitive? Did the young woman have a previous racially charged encounter with him? If not, her name-calling seems unfounded and deliberately provocative to me.

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-02-28 09:01 AM | Reply

The young woman went on to accuse another janitor who wasn't at work the day of "the incident" of being a racist too?:

"The next day she discovered that Kanoute had posted her photograph, name and email on Facebook, along with that of another janitor, Mark Patenaude, a 21-year veteran of Smith College, who was not even on site at the time of the July 31 incident.

She accused him of 'racist cowardly acts': he left his job not long after."

Again, did this janitor have a history of being racially aggressive or insensitive? Did the young woman have a previous racially charged encounter with him? If not, her accusation seems unfounded and deliberately provocative to me. She also accused a security guard of carrying a lethal weapon when he wasn't and accused a cafeteria worker of calling the police when she didn't.

"On the day of the incident, Kanoute, a 21-year-old who was raised in New York after her family emigrated from Mali, was in an empty canteen that was reserved for a summer camp program for young children."

The canteen was closed, so workers naturally and appropriately wondered who she was and why she was there. When she explained who she was a TA for the summer school program, they basically said, "Okay." The young woman assumed that they questioned her presence and felt "threatened" because she was black, but I think they questioned her presence because the canteen was empty and they didn't know she was part of the summer school program. Once they knew she was a part of the program for young kids, they said, "Okay."

Unless there is more to the story than is put forth in the article, IMO, the young woman had an agenda, which she pushed at the expense of people who she falsely accused of in order to make herself the victim of "an eating while black" scenario. Don't get me wrong, I know eating/running/driving while black racism does exist in our society. I'm just not convinced, based on the information provided, that this is such a case.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-02-28 09:29 AM | Reply

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