Oberlin College in Ohio was found liable for damages by a jury on Friday in one of the most significant legal pushbacks against unrestrained “social justice” that we’ve seen in this country to date. In a verdict that could have wide-ranging implications for out-of-control universities around the country, Oberlin’s administration was held accountable for the damage activist students did to a local bakery’s reputation in the community.
The story goes like this: A black Oberlin student was caught red-handed trying to shoplift wine from Gibson’s Bakery, a local institution. Allyn Gibson, the son of the bakery’s owner, chased the kid down and tried to get the wine back. At that point, Gibson and the perpetrator got into a physical altercation that also resulted in several other black students jumping Gibson and pummeling him with punches and kicks until the police showed up.
Well, as you can imagine, this incident did not go over well with Oberlin’s SJW-minded students. If there is any incident involving white business owners (THE OPPRESSORS) and black customers (THE VICTIMS), you don’t need to think too hard about the details to determine who is at fault. So it was that Oberlin students began protesting out in front of Gibson’s and the student government passed a resolution condemning the bakery for racism, etc.
Not only did Oberlin administrators fail to warn students against slandering local business owners, they actively participated in the smear campaign against Gibson’s.
Yes, despite the fact that the three black students in question pled guilty to charges and read statements exonerating the Gibsons of any racial motivations, Oberlin dean of students Meredith Raimondo actually joined the school’s SJW mob outside the bakery, where she helped pass out flyers informing the community about the Gibsons and their supposed racism. When asked on the stand if passing out flyers of this sort could harm an innocent business, Raimondo could only come up with responses like “I don’t know” and “it depends.” Her willful ignorance undoubtedly helped the jury reach their decision.
It is beyond time for the adults in the room at these colleges to take back control of the asylum from the inmates. Hopefully, this decision will urge them in the right direction, because if things keep going the way they’ve been heading for the last few years, innocent bakers will be the least of those harmed by the tsunami of insanity.