No Time For Losers

The name Sarah Braasch likely won’t ring a bell for most people, but the name means a lot to Sarah Braasch, who was the Yale Ph.D. student branded a racist by the woke mob for calling campus police when she found someone asleep in her dorm common room. Condemning her action wasn’t nearly enough for the most ignorant and mindlessly vicious in the mob, who desperately sought to destroy every aspect of her life.

This is a recurring theme, that a person flashes onto the screen, is immediately branded something horrible, has her life picked to shreds (maybe accurately, often not) and then the mob moves on to their next target of hatred. But the person, Braasch in this instance, is left with everything they’ve ever done, experienced, worked for, sacrificed for, in tatterers.

Did Sarah Braasch deserve to be branded the racist du jour and have her life destroyed by the mob?

As I see it, there are at least four aspects of Sarah’s background that you need some understanding of before you can really understand her story:

  1. Her living arrangements
  2. Her history of mental health issues/trauma
  3. The fact that her PhD research focused on implicit bias testing and police brutality
  4. Her rationale for making the decisions she did when thrust into these two awkward encounters (which she outlines in detail in her YouTube videos).

While this is a somewhat thorough parsing of the story, it reveals some of the bias that gives rise to the mindset of the mob.

Within her YouTube videos, Sarah explains that she has a history of mental health disabilities which include PTSD. She is sexual abuse survivor. She also alludes to a variety of other traumatizing events in her life including the suicide of immediate family members, membership and subsequent departure from a religious cult and an unspecified safety issue at her dorm room in a prior year.

To claim victimhood status because she’s a “sexual abuse survivor” is meaningless. Was she diagnosed with PTSD by a psychiatrist or does she simply claim it, as has become common amongst “survivors”? But none of this is necessary to appreciate the one fact she alleges that changes her perspective of the story: she was the only person with a room on the 12th floor of her dorm, so that finding someone asleep in the 12th floor common room raised inherent concerns. She was fearful? She doesn’t have to be a “sexual abuse survivor” with claimed PTSD to be fearful. It was a weird situation and it was entirely reasonable to be concerned that something was amiss.

The key to this problem, and the subsequent damning of Braasch as a racist together with the unduly passionate demanding that her life be destroyed, was the person asleep in the common room was black.

She encountered someone sleeping with a blanket covering their face in the 12th floor common room who she later learned to be African-American Yale student Lolade Siyonbola. (Sarah’s video sequence on the encounter begins here.) Sarah woke the woman explaining that it was against dorm rules for people to be sleeping in the common room overnight.

That this was the second time Braasch had a run-in with a black student nailed down the proclamation of her racist intent.

Normally Sarah tried to avoid riding in the elevator alone with male strangers. As the elevator door was about to close, an African-American male named Reneson Jean-Louis entered the elevator and according to Sarah did not appear to have a key for the elevator. He did not press a floor number. He rode alone with Sarah up to the 12th floor and exited with her. Sarah was uncomfortable, not because the young man was black, but because she was alone with him and did not recognize him. There were no lights on in the 12th floor common room and the young man had no key so it was unclear to Sarah why he was on the 12th floor. Sarah spoke briefly to the man attempting to ascertain why he was on the 12th floor. The man explained that he was a student at Yale, and that he didn’t appreciate being questioned.

Why did he go to the 12th Floor when Braasch was the only person living there? To ask would be victim-blaming, since Jean-Louis was a Yale student and entitled to go anywhere he chose. But the situation was weird and reasonably disturbing regardless of race, and Braasch’s concern would have been understandable regardless of her claim of being a “sexual assault survivor” with PTSD. While Braasch may have been particularly fragile due to her mental state, would it have been any less bizarre if she wasn’t?

That both instances involved black people fails to answer anything. Braasch’s concerns were completely normal and understandable no matter what race was involved. That it happened to involve black people was because they just happened to be black. Now, Braasch is constrained to spend her life proving that she’s not a racist, building her case on social media in an effort to rehabilitate her life, long after the mob has moved on to the great many others who must be destroyed.

The time and effort to fight off the mob, or rehabilitate oneself after the storm, raises the question (or “begs the question, as AOC might put it) of whether it’s worth it. It costs nothing to j’accuse, but it’s a burden to dispute. Why would Chait care that someone was wrong about him?

As for Sarah Braasch, her future at Yale, her Ph.D. and dissertation, were doomed as the woke student body rose up against her, and even though some, even many, of her fellow students might have been unconvinced that she was a bad person or wrong, the idea of challenging black students and their allies certainty was courting suicide.

If you can’t be fearful of, or critical of, a person because of their race or gender, facts notwithstanding, then there is no hope for equality. If disagreement demands dedication of one’s time and life to prove oneself, or be damned as whatever “phobic” any woke genius decides to hurl, so what? It’s not a badge of honor to be denigrated by the woke, but it’s no badge of shame either. It’s just empty noise, except for the life destroyed by the mob.

25 thoughts on “No Time For Losers

  1. Dan T.

    Aren’t you supposed to “Believe Women” when they say a man’s behavior makes them feel unsafe or uncomfortable? Or is that only when it’s a white man?

      1. The Real Kurt

        Irrational? Yep.

        Justice is only ever individual, not collective, despite the so-called class actions permitted by law.

        Unprincipled? No, not really – it’s designed for purpose.


        1. Guitardave

          Thanks Scott.
          Jim…big hit pop songs were never my thing. There’s SO much underexposed great stuff out there, why give a buck too a billionaire? Also, i really enjoy turning people on to something good they may have missed in their musical meanderings.

  2. B. McLeod

    The media today doesn’t much care for that “other side of the story” stuff, and generally just throws in with the mob. It is unusual that anyone spent the time to go back, even this long after the fact, to write about Braasch’s attempts to explain. As for the people who make up the mobs, these beat downs and shreddings of others are their opportunity to vent the hatefulness that would be treated as inappropriate in any other context. And it is safe for them. They do not need to worry about the victim fighting back on an equivalent level. Their worst case scenario is that the members of the mob may have to quietly melt away without apology in the unlikely event that subsequent media accounts expose the basis of the beat down as false. These beat downs are the real life manifestations of “The Purge.”

    1. SHG Post author

      The few who strive to lead the mob are very dangerous people wrapped up in a woke ribbon. The media no longer leads the way, but follows the mob.

      1. Patrick Maupin

        Separating people into “us” and “them” and convincing “us” that you are the only one strong enough to keep “them” from getting to “us” has always been a reliable path to a certain amount of power for the charismatic. It’s bad enough when the worst excesses are localized to Salt Lake City, Gilman Hot Springs, Waco or Guyana, but now we have a widespread feedback loop where SJWs are the only ones who can protect us from Trump, who is the only one who can protect us from the SJWs.

        I’m not sure even the second coming of Jesus would help at the moment; any true message of love and tolerance would be ignominiously squelched by both sides.

  3. wilbur

    I’m convinced an insistence on the proper use of “begging the question” is doomed to failure. On the very few occasions I’ve corrected people on it, they are sincerely astonished.

    Lord, I hope I never say something stupid on the internet. Oops, too late for that. But then, only a few folks know who wilbur really is.

    1. SHG Post author

      We’re left with two choices on language. Uphold meaning or acquiesce to the lowest common denominator. Stop comment-raping me, shitlord.

  4. DaveL

    I’ve noticed there is a surprising number of people out there just itching to destroy somebody. The only thing keeping them out of prisons or the psych ward is that they have enough sense to wait for a socially approved target to come along. Child molesters are preferred, but if none are available they’ll settle for a racist university student, or for that matter an unlicensed lemonade stand.

    1. KP

      Flash mob… give it a few years and everyone will be bored with it, employers won’t count anything you have on the ‘net, good or bad, and there will be some other aspect of the world to entrance the stupid.

      Really, its a modern version of ‘sticks ‘n stones’ and a lot of people need to take that teaspoon of cement or get a good lawyer…

      1. Jake

        I hope you’re right, but believe this is simply another early example of a considerably more substantial and disruptive, emergent, existential challenge.

  5. Rendall

    It’s almost as if Social Justice … against all common sense … can act as a kind of shield which allows the sadistic to explain away cruel behavior, since they cannot just say “It makes me feel good when I hurt people.”

    1. SHG Post author

      What’s better to use one’s innate viciousness for good or evil? The option of not being vicious just doesn’t seem possible for some.

  6. Sarah Braasch

    I know that you don’t know me, but I cannot thank you enough for writing this post. I will never stop fighting to clear my name, Sisyphean though it may be, and to make sure that this never happens to anyone else. I won’t post a link, because you’ve asked us not to, but I have created a YouTube Channel to tell my story, simply called “Sarah Braasch” and a website is forthcoming. Thanks again.

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