Very disturbing. Oberlin College canceled all classes today after a month-long series of "racial, anti-Semitic and homophobic incidents" culminated in the report of one person seen on campus today wearing a Ku Klux Klan-type hood. The sighting was near a "designated safe space" for black students, reports Raw Story.
The individual, clad in a robe and hood reminiscent of the racist group was spotted near the Afrikan Heritage House, a residential building described on the school website as "a designated safe space for residents and students of the African Diaspora."
Oberlin president Marvin Krislov and other administrators sent a campus-wide email Monday morning announcing that classes were canceled and encouraging students to attend a series of events including a teach-in at the building led by the school’s Africana Studies Department and a “demonstration of solidarity” gathering.
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer adds:
The student newspaper, the Oberlin Review, reports at least six incidents of vandalism last month involving hate speech. Incidents included replacing the word "black" with a racial slur on Black History Month posters, and drawings of swastikas. "Whites only" also was written above a water fountain in one building. A person reporting a robbery on Feb. 17 said the attacker used a racial slur before knocking the victim to the ground.
Oberlin College was founded in 1833. The highly selective liberal arts college has the distinction of being the first American institution of higher learning to Black students in 1825 and women two years later.
Thanks RYAN CANTY and MIKE ROGERS!