Last Friday, a person called UMass’ anonymous tip line, saying there was an “agitated black man” on campus.
The call was about a longtime employee of the university.
The employee said he got back to his office after his workout, when police knocked on his door to ask him questions. The employee is a consumer manager for Disability Services.
UMass officials said he was no threat to the campus, but some UMass students say the incident describes racial profiling.
Graduate student Angela Kim told 22News, “I bet it’s really disappointing for the university, but I think it shows that what we perceive as in groups and out groups, and I hope it’s a teachable moment for everyone.”
A similar incident happened in July at Smith College, when an employee called campus police on a black student.
This isn’t the first time the UMass employee has felt racially profiled.