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.