Santa Clara University is on a crash course into the national spotlight this week as a viral tweetstorm laid bare pent-up frustration over on-campus racism and policing.
The private university has now launched an investigation into Black Assistant Professor Danielle Fuentes Morgan’s 22-part social media thread that accuses a campus security guard of racially profiling and harassing her family over the weekend.
Santa Clara University security just harassed me and my brother and forced me (a faculty member) to show my campus ID to prove I live in the house WHERE I OPENED THE DOOR. A thread. (1/n)
— Danielle Fuentes Morgan (@mos_daf) August 22, 2020
Her story has since been retweeted nearly 43,000 times while racking up 118,000 likes.
SCU President Kevin O’Brien promised an independent inquiry by Los Angeles–based Public Interest Investigations Inc., a new civilian police auditor on campus, and said that the security guards involved were on administrative leave.
“I offer my unflagging determination to lead Santa Clara to be a transformatively better community, dedicated to the struggle against racism,” he said. “Only then can we realize the beloved community to which we all aspire.”
The ordeal unfolded when Fuentes Morgan’s brother, who came for a visit in her university-owned home, took a work call outside. Before long, Fuentes Morgan says, campus security told him to “move along.”
“He’s been Black his whole life, so he said OK,” she tweeted. “They followed him.”
Four security cars showed up at Fuentes Morgan’s house with her apologetic brother and a demand to see her faculty ID to prove she lived in the home she’d just walked out of.
“I am concerned now to go back to campus AND to live in this house,” Fuentes Morgan tweeted in summation. “I am so angry. Academia proves over and over that it doesn’t love me. I don’t think I love it back anymore.”