Oberlin College has been found guilty of helping to organize a smear campaign against local citizens:
Oberlin College has been ordered by a jury to pay $44 million to a local bakery and convenience store after the midwestern liberal arts school was found responsible for defamation, infliction of emotional distress and intentional interference of business relationships.
In November 2017, approximately one year after the incident, Gibson’s filed a civil lawsuit against Oberlin in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas. The bakery accused the college of supporting and promoting the students’ claims of racism and sued the liberal arts school, as well as Raimondo, for libel, slander, interference with business relationships, interference with contracts, deceptive trade practices, infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring and trespass.
The bakery’s owners argued that Oberlin College “facilitated, encouraged, and promoted the illegal defamation and economic boycott” of Gibson’s Bakery by helping students copy and distribute fliers, suspending classes and supplying protesters with free food and drink. College leaders also “encouraged students to demonstrate outside Gibson’s Bakery in lieu of attending scheduled classes and provided credit to the students who attended and participated in the demonstration(s),” according to the complaint. Additionally, Gibson’s argued a Facebook post by an Oberlin’s Department of Africana Studies stated: “Gibson’s has been bad for decades, their dislike of Black people is palpable. Their food is rotten and they profile Black students. NO MORE!”
The lawsuit claimed college tour guides continue to advise prospective and future students not to shop at Gibson’s Bakery because it is a “racist establishment” that “assaults students,” the complaint stated.
As a result, the lawsuit argued, “Gibson’s Bakery has suffered a severe and sustained loss of student, professor, administrative and college department business.”
It has recently become clear to me that, more often than not, accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia are just ad hominem attacks designed to shut down one’s ideological opponent. It’s encouraging to see that a Court recognizes the same dynamic – these attempts to smear the bakery were slanderous and deceptive.
Oberlin responded by arguing that none of the statements cited by the bakery’s owners had been defamatory, and said the school was not responsible for the views expressed by its students. The college said Raimondo attended the demonstrations to “ensure that students’ freedom of speech was protected and that the student demonstrations were safe and lawful.”
LOL! That explains why the Jury awarded the bakery such a high amount – Oberlin College thinks the Bakery, and its supporting base from the local citizens, are stupid. For only the stupid would believe Oberlin’s spin. If I was on the jury, I would have been offended by this response and likewise voted for such a high penalty. It’s time the social justice academics learn to be less careless with their wild-eyed accusations of racism, homophobia, etc.
As for Oberlin College, what type of parent sends their child to such a school?
Answer – A Fool.
And here’s another summary article with some video.