Oberlin College Cancels Classes for ‘Day of Solidarity’ After Multiple Incidents of Hate on Campus
Oberlin College canceled Monday’s classes to hold a “Day of Solidarity” after a spate of racially-charged incidents on campus.
The college has endured multiple acts of vandalism; including defaced Black History Month Posters, swastikas, and LGBTQ centers.
The hateful antics reached a fever pitch after a person was spotted on campus wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit.
It was the seventh hate incident at Oberlin in the past month.
Black History Month posters were defaced with the N-word, a note found at the LGBTQ Community Coordinator called it the “Nigger + Faggot Center,” and someone wrote “Nigger Oven” in an elevator, among other incidents according to the Review. On several occasions, swastikas were drawn, the Cleveland Jewish News reports.
On Monday morning, the school’s administration sent out an announcement essentially calling the reported KKK outfit the last straw:
Early this morning, there was a report of a person wearing a hood and robe resembling a KKK outfit between South and the Edmonia Lewis Center and in the vicinity of Afrikan Heritage House. This report is being investigated by both Safety and Security and the Oberlin Police Department. This event, in addition to the series of other hate-related incidents on campus, has precipitated our decision to suspend formal classes and all non-essential activities for today, Monday, March 4, 2013, and gather for a series of discussions of the challenging issues that have faced our community in recent weeks.
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