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Oberlin College Officials “Show No Remorse Whatsoever” For Mistreatment Of Gibson’s Bakery

Oberlin College Officials “Show No Remorse Whatsoever” For Mistreatment Of Gibson’s Bakery

My appearance on The Daily Signal Podcast: “And I think one of the big takeaways is that these are very powerful entities. They fight more viciously than your local chemical company. And they wrap themselves in this ‘holier than thou’ attitude because they’re educators”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oberlin-college-and-gibsons-bakery-a-protest-against-racism-and-a-31-5-million-dollar-defamation-award/

Recently I appeared on The Daily Signal Podcast, and was interviewed by Douglas Blair. The topic was the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case, from the initial protest in November 2016 through the recent appeals court decision upholding the trial verdict.

Here’s The Daily Signal’s introduction:

In 2016, clerks at Gibson’s Bakery in Oberlin, Ohio, stopped several shoplifters from stealing from their store. They didn’t realize at the time that their action would set them on a six-year legal struggle.

Social justice warriors accused the tiny, family-owned bakery of racial profiling for confronting the shoplifters, who were black. That accusation prompted students and faculty at nearby Oberlin College to engage in a smear campaign to shut down Gibson’s Bakery.

Fortunately, a libel case filed by the bakery owners recently concluded with their victory. This didn’t stopped the college from continuing to accuse the shop of being racist.

“They have been completely unapologetic. They have been very aggressive towards this bakery,” says Bill Jacobson, a Cornell Law professor and founder of the Legal Insurrection Foundation. “They continue to make their false accusations of racism against the bakery. They show no remorse whatsoever.”

Jacobson and Legal Insurrection have covered this case since the beginning. He joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to provide background and discuss what the verdict means for other woke schools that wrongly target small businesses.

Here’s the audio, my segment starts at the 8 minute mark:

Here is the transcript, as produced by The Daily Signal:

Doug Blair: My guest today is Bill Jacobson, a Cornell Law professor as well as founder of Legal Insurrection. Bill, welcome to the show.

Bill Jacobson: Thank you for having me on.

Blair: I wanted to have you on today to discuss this story that’s been going on for a very, very long time that hopefully had a pretty positive conclusion, but this is about the bakery and Oberlin College in Ohio. You’ve been following this story since 2019, so let’s set things up for our listeners. Can you briefly expand upon the background of this story?

Jacobson: Sure. The events took place the day after Election Day 2016. And that’s important because the Oberlin College campus was in meltdown because [Donald] Trump had won. And what happened was that Gibson’s Bakery and Mart—so it’s a bakery but it’s also kind of a mini-mart, if you want to call it, that services mostly the college—stopped a black student from Oberlin for shoplifting.

And the person was shoplifting, had bottle of wine tucked in his jacket and a few other things, and a scuffle ensued. And he was arrested as well as two fellow students from Oberlin, both of whom were black, who were also shoplifting, and they were in fact assaulting the clerk when the police arrived.

So this was a case of shoplifting, and shoplifting in the town of Oberlin had been a persistent problem. There was what was called a culture of shoplifting among the college students, so they were very alerted to shoplifting problems.

And what should have been a routine shoplifting stop and arrest erupted on campus with accusations of racial profiling and accusations and very vigorous protests outside. But what made this different is the college joined in.

It wasn’t just students, it was college administrators outside leading the protests, including the dean of students, who was ended up being a named defendant in the case, passing out flyers accusing the bakery of having assaulted the students and having a long history of racial profiling as well as other accusations.

But it was the accusation of racial profiling and the accusation of assault that would ultimately give rights to a libel case and what happened after that.

And we started covering it actually about a week after the incident. So we’ve been covering this almost since Day One in 2016. And what happened after that is the college cut them off from their contract with the food service company.

The bakery provided baked goods to the students through an intermediary food service company, they were kicked out of that. College basically announced a boycott of the bakery, denounce the bakery, and essentially the entire college community turned on this bakery with accusations of racism. And that’s how it all started.

Blair: Now, that libel trial just ended. I believe it ended positively for the Gibsons, they won $32 million in damages. Did the jury or did the judge involved in the trial see this as a relatively clear example of the college overstepping its bounds?

Jacobson: Well, they didn’t file suit for a year. So they filed suit in 2017, took two years to get to trial. So the trial started in May of 2019. We were the only national outlet to have a reporter in the courtroom reporting every single day of the trial. And so when the verdict came down, it was an $11 million compensatory verdict, and it was based on libel and defamation claims and tortious interference with their contract with the food service company and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

And so the compensatory verdict cumulatively—there were three plaintiffs, two individual Gibsons plus the bakery, cumulatively was $11 million. They then had a separate trial later in June of 2019 for punitive damages. The trial was bifurcated at the request of the college, so the Gibsons didn’t get to put into evidence all the really nasty evidence until the punitive’s trial. And that came back with a $33 million punitive verdict that ended up being knocked down under Ohio tort reform.

So the end result was a verdict for $25 million, plus $6 million in attorney’s fees. So the judgment was $32 million. It then spent almost the next two years in the appeals court, and the appeals court just recently, and that’s what’s been in the headline, less than a month ago the appeals court upheld the verdict. And it was based on standard law and standard evaluation of what constitutes defamation and libel.

So, for example, calling somebody a racist is not defamatory, that’s an opinion. But saying “have engaged in racial profiling,” that’s a statement of fact, racial profiling is a fact and tortious interference, etc.

So it’s been upheld so far with interest.

The college back in 2019 had to post a $36 million appeal bond to secure the interest that’s been running. Interest has been running at about 5%. I may be a little bit off on my math, but I think it’s been running about $4,000 a day since June of 2019. So they’re owed now right about $36 million.

And the case, there’s one last chance for Oberlin College to try to reverse it, which is to try to get the Ohio Supreme Court to hear the case. And that is not a given, you don’t have a right to have the Ohio Supreme Court hear the case. It’s very similar to the U.S. Supreme Court, they only take a small percentage of the cases that people want to have heard by them.

Whether they will take it or not we don’t know because those papers haven’t been filed yet. I just checked this morning, there’s nothing in the docket that indicates they filed to go to the Ohio Supreme Court, but we expect that they will.

Blair: In light of that, it doesn’t really seem like the school believes they’ve done anything wrong, they haven’t expressed remorse over what happened.

Jacobson: No, and that’s the truly astounding thing, and I think the jury saw that. I mean, we were getting reports, we were the only one really reporting every single day what was going on, and it was quite astounding throughout the case.

They have been completely unapologetic. They have been very aggressive toward this bakery. They continue to make their false accusations of racism against the bakery. They show no remorse whatsoever. And I think that came across to the jury in their attitudes on the witness stand. It really is astounding.

One of the things that came out during the testimony by David Gibson—who was essentially the person who ran the bakery, he’s now deceased. He saw the verdict, but he didn’t see the appeal, he didn’t live long enough.

And so what he testified is that, before they filed a lawsuit, he went and had a meeting with the college officials. And he said to them, “Look, I won’t file a lawsuit if you would just publicly issue a statement retracting the accusations of racism. You don’t even need to apologize, you just need to say we are not racist. We want to get our reputation back in this town.”

And they wouldn’t do it, they would not do it. And the result is several years of litigation, a lot of bad publicity, currently $36 million and still running unless they get it reversed by the Ohio Supreme Court.

This really is an example of people who have power and feel they have power over everybody in that town, and how dare this little bakery stand up to them.

They expected the bakery to take a knee, so to speak, expected the bakery to bend the knee and grovel, “Please, we’re sorry, we’re sorry.” But there was nothing to be sorry about, the evidence was clear, and they pleaded guilty. So they stopped people who were actually shoplifting. Nonetheless, the college over multiple administrations has been extraordinarily aggressive toward this little bakery.

Blair: Do we have any insight onto whether this is a widely shared opinion about the bakery? Do we know if the student body believes that the bakery’s racist, if there are teachers on the campus that believe that this bakery is racist?

Jacobson: Well, the evidence was that there were a lot of, obviously, protest people holding signs accusing them of being racist. There’s no history of it, there’s no history of problems with the bakery until this.

But subsequent to it, the bakery’s business is way down, students and faculty and the administration still don’t shop at the bakery. And you can imagine being in a small college town where the college dominates everything, if you’re a bakery in a town and no one in the college community will deal with you, that destroys your business.

So I don’t know the intimate details of their finances, but what’s been publicly reported is they are struggling. They are really struggling because while the town people still support them and still shop there, they’ve been cut off from the biggest entity in town, which is Oberlin College.

Blair: One of the things that does strike me about this case, and you sort of brought this up earlier, is that instead of just radical students going in and saying, “Oh, this is racist and you have to stop,” it was the administrators in the school itself that really went hardcore on this, and it’s kind of been the primary driver of this case. Why do you think that Oberlin was so aggressive in trying to get this bakery shut down?

Jacobson: I’ve covered Oberlin College for my website, going back long before this case. At The Daily Signal, you’re always looking for content, the beast must be fed, you must have news flow free, and Oberlin College just fed us a lot of material over the years.

There was the protest over the dining hall serving supposedly culturally appropriated Asian food. There was a racist hoax on campus where two white liberal students spread very nasty flyers and posters and the campus erupted in controversy. And it turned out, when they got caught, they just said, “Oh, well, we were just trying to spark a conversation about race, OK?”

So it just has this long history of problems, and so … we followed it. And so when I saw this little bakery protest, we followed it. The problem with Oberlin College is the problem with a lot of college administrators and administrations, they are extremely weak, they cannot stand up to the students, they are scared to death of the students.

Not long before this, the students had issued a 14-page ultimatum to the university, which they did reject, but some pretty outrageous things in there, including firing certain professors, promoting to tenure certain professors that they liked, certain black professors that they wanted promoted immediately to tenure, all sorts of demands.

So this is an administration that, whether they did it consciously or subconsciously, I think were afraid that student anger the day after Trump won would be directed toward the administration. And so I think this was a redirection of student anger toward this shiny object, Gibson’s Bakery, as opposed to having it turned toward the administration because there’d been a lot of student protests versus the administration as well.

So I think it’s a combination of weakness, a combination of some in the administration were true believers in this sort of activism, and they’re scared to death of the students. I think it’s just a bad combination and, unfortunately, it’s a combination we see on a lot of college campuses even today.

Blair: One of the members of the administration who is sort of central to this story is a woman named Meredith Raimondo who it seems to me from the reporting was the ringleader really of this campaign against the bakery. She’s landed on her feet at another college over in Georgia, but did she face any consequences at all for kind of instigating this campaign against the bakery?

Jacobson: Not that I can see, nobody did, and that’s the amazing thing.

In academia, people tend to fail up. So the president at the time of this incident and for the year or two after, who’s not the president now, actually got a job at a bigger university. So he is now president of a big university, I think it’s Pace University, I might be wrong on that, in New York City. So he oversaw this complete debacle and what happens? He gets a better job someplace else. Meredith Raimondo, I don’t know if the job she has now is better, but it’s equivalent, so she suffered no consequences whatsoever.

The general counsel of Oberlin College who oversaw this legal strategy and whose communications almost became an issue in the punitive damage case because after the $11 million compensatory, quite unbelievably, she sent an email blast to the entire college community criticizing the jury—I mean, who does that when the jury now has to decide on punitive damages? Now, the jury never got really to hear about that letter, the plaintiffs tried to, but a complete botched strategy, she is now general counsel at a larger university.

As far as I can tell, nobody has suffered a single consequence at Oberlin College because of this.

Blair: I think one of the things that just really strikes me about this story is the fact that the school just lied. It seems like there’s really no way to get around that point, that if the actual culprits of the shoplifting confessed to doing it, and they still continue to argue that it was racial profiling. How often do we see that universities will just do that, they will just lie to take down their opponents?

Jackson: They may not consider it a lie, they probably think there was racial profiling here and the Gibsons just got lucky, so to speak, that it turned out the person was shoplifting. “But why did you target this person?” And the Gibsons would say, “Well, we targeted because we saw something bulging out of his jacket.”

And in fact, if you go over the police reports, and again, I think the testimony was they suffered about $10,000 a year in losses due to shoplifting, and all the stores in downtown. The students just felt it was their right to steal from stores.

So there are a fair number of statistics on this, which show who the Gibsons had called the police on for shoplifting, and they’d done it quite frequently. And the statistics show that the demographic of who they called the police on matches very closely the demographic of the town.

So there’s no evidence there that they disproportionately called the police for shoplifting on black students, or students, or anybody else.

So no, there’s nothing there, but those accusations are so easy for them to make, the accusation of racism, it’s become a weapon. I don’t think they even really think about it anymore. It’s a way to silence somebody and to put somebody back on their heels and on the defensive.

Whether Oberlin did it intentionally or not wasn’t actually relevant because the Gibsons were held to be private citizens, so all they had to show was negligence, they didn’t have to show knowledge of the falsity of it. …

But I think that the college just assumes white business owner, black students stopped, it must be racism. I mean, that’s what our society is, in their view. So I don’t know if they consciously thought they were lying, but they certainly disregarded the facts.

Blair: You’ve mentioned a little bit about how Gibson’s Bakery was very negatively affected by this, even to today that their business is not doing as well as it used to. Is there anything that they could have done to maybe mitigate the damage from this type of attack or was it literally just a matter of the school says one thing and that’s really all that matters?

Jacobson: I think what may or may not have helped them is if they had groveled, OK? If they had confessed to their sins, if they had admitted everything, perhaps the college would’ve been more lenient on them.

We don’t know that because we can’t undo what happened and undo history. But I think that’s probably the only way because the college community was so against them that you had a choice to either beg for forgiveness, which they wouldn’t do because they didn’t think they did anything wrong, or fight.

I’m not sure they could really do anything else here unless they wanted to falsely admit that they had engaged in an active racism.

This a bakery that was fifth generation, had many minority employees. In fact, one of the key witnesses against Meredith Raimondo was a black male employee of the bakery who’d been there, I forget, 10, 20, 30 years, however long it was, who said that he saw Raimondo “handing out stacks of these defamatory flyers.”

She had testified that she only handed one to a reporter, and he testified to the contrary that he saw her handing them out and also giving stacks of them to students to spread around.

So this was a bakery that had very good relationships with the minority community, had minority employees, and they were not going to admit that they did something wrong. The bakery was fifth generation, I think it was started in 1878 or something like that. It was started by their family, it’s always been in the family, and so they just were not going to admit falsely.

Now, David Gibson, who passed away in 2000, about six months after—I think it was—the verdict, his father who was almost 90, so-called Grandpa Gibson just passed away about two, three months ago.

So Grandpa Gibson, the testimony was at trial that his biggest fear is that he would go to his grave being known in the community as a racist because, in fact, he was the opposite. He was somebody who was active in the civil rights movement in their early ’60s. He had always been somebody who had advocated for equality and had treated people fairly, and it really deeply affected them, these accusations.

And he didn’t live to see the verdict upheld, but he did live to see the verdict and see at least his family’s name cleared to a certain extent.

So I think what the universities and what now euphemistically is called wokesters, which I think is too kind word for them, they throw these accusations around frivolously and tactically, but those accusations don’t negatively affect people who actually are racist because they don’t care. OK? It affects people like the Gibsons who were not racist, who had devoted their entire lives to civil rights and to equality in the community.

And for people like the Gibsons, these were extremely serious accusations, and these were the sort of accusations that they did not want to just falsely admit to. And I think that’s what happened here.

Blair: As we begin to wrap-up here, I want to ask you briefly, as we’ve seen the results of this verdict and we’ve seen the results of this case play out, what are the big-picture implications for this? How do other colleges maybe see this and think, “What should we be doing differently?”

Jacobson: I get asked that question a lot: “Does this prove that you can fight against the university?” And what people have to understand is that Gibson’s Bakery fought this tooth and nail, and they still are. They fought everything. They spent over $5 million in attorney’s fees fighting this. They have fought it every inch of the way, and they continue to. The litigation has outlived the two main proprietors of the bakery, Grandpa Gibson and David Gibson, they’re now gone.

And so I think, unfortunately, the takeaway here is that while colleges need to be more cautious, they need to be very careful about when they join in student activism and the risks from that legally, but it also shows that these colleges and these universities are some of the most vicious litigants I’ve seen. Before I joined Cornell Law School for 22 years, I was a civil litigator, they fight like everything.

And I think one of the big takeaways is that these are very powerful entities. They fight more viciously than your local chemical company. And they wrap themselves in this “holier than thou” attitude because they’re educators and, therefore, somehow they have some sort of moral superiority. But as we’ve seen in the Oberlin College case, they don’t, they really are just vicious, vicious, litigants, and people who have no trouble smearing others in trying to destroy them.

So I think the takeaway is how dangerous woke control of corporate entities really is.

Blair: That was Bill Jacobson, a Cornell Law professor as well as founder of the Legal Insurrection law blog. Bill, thank you so much for your time.

Jacobson: Thank you.

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Comments

Colonel Travis | May 6, 2022 at 8:09 pm

Very good summary of the situation, this site has done an incredible job covering the whole story.

Oberlin is ruled truly bad people.

    buck61 in reply to Colonel Travis. | May 6, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    The LI team has been all over this story and will continue to follow up on any developments. Oberlin is also front and center with their Title IX cases and male students not getting fair hearings.

The woke have no shame

Diversity [dogma] (i.e. color judgment, class-based bigotry) is a character flaw that breeds adversity with a forward-looking gestation. Deja vu. #HateLovesAbortion

Oberlin’s woke just see it as a mistake of the courts. No remorse is called for. They’re the victims here.

henrybowman | May 6, 2022 at 9:16 pm

“What is best in life, Conan?”
It’s time the Gibsons began to enjoy what is best in life.
The time for nice-nice is long over. Oberlin is no longer a party to civility.

While showing no remorse, have they made any effort to pay the judgement? Much has been expended to appeal (running out the clock).

    Louis K. Bonham in reply to Romey. | May 7, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Oberlin has paid the amount of the judgment (plus estimated postjudgment interest) into escrow with the Court. Had it not done so (or posted a supersedeas bond, or gotten a court to stay enforcement pending appeal [unlikely]), the Gibsons could have started executing on the judgment long ago.

    Ergo, if Oberlin can’t get the Ohio Supreme Court or SCOTUS to take the appeal [and the odds are strongly against it), once those appeal efforts are exhausted the escrowed money will go straight to the plaintiffs.

    Now, the smart thing would be for Oberlin to settle with the Gibsons; e.g., get the Gibsons to agree to shave a few million off the judgment in order to get the remainder immediately). But as has been said elsewhere, the wokesters in charge at Oberlin seem unable to see anything but their own worldview, and so they can’t wrap their head around the concept.

To me, the college continues to double down because they think that the backlash for admitting that they were full of crap from the start would cost them MORE from the insane woke left, than continuing to fight this in court before eventually paying the judgement.

    MajorWood in reply to Olinser. | May 6, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    When they admit that they are wrong they are taking the “just call someone a racist when you are losing a battle” card off the table for good. They will be the Benedict Arnold of the Left.

Unfortunately, the College’s behavior in this matter and being a “vicious litigant” turns out not to have impacted them one place where it counts – enrollment. Last year’s enrollment was good and so is this year’s, as just reported.
https://oberlinreview.org/27036/news/oberlin-meets-admissions-goals-for-class-of-2026-receives-record-number-of-applications/?fbclid=IwAR2vFaAYygwxiR3BF4aI29dYlRKqcYXsyQIbSPxbblooRIQiZNjExUygLF0

Alumnae donations might be a different story, as they are probably less “woke”.

    MajorWood in reply to jb4. | May 7, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    As a scientist, ironically trained at the beginning at Oberlin, I always have to look for alternative explanations, as well as question the validity of the data. Higher number of applicants. Well, a lot of these colleges are now accepting students who are way less qualified than the classes before them. Back in the day, it was well known that you didn’t even bother to apply if you didn’t meet certain minimums. Those minimums are now lower, so they are getting more applicants. Then we need to look at who they are actually accepting. My guess is that SAT scores of those being admitted are significantly lower than in the past, and those choosing to attend are also lower. They do cite a “higher GPA” than ever before, but that is simply a reflection of grade inflation. In my day, high school courses had a difficulty factor associated with them, so for class ranking it was grade x difficultry factor. But now they multiply the grade by a difficulty factor (usually 1.25) to get the new grade. The old 4.0 is now the new 5.0, in effect. It would be like saying that the planet is getting warmer because we switched from Celcius to Farenheit. To me, the article was written by a couple of people who lack critical thinking skills, and are thus really reflection of who Oberlin is admitting these days.

    Oberlin’s ranking nationally will be reflected by the real numbers, and while they may feel good that everything has gone up by 5%, it may reflect poorly when it is revealed that everyone elses numbers went up 8%. In a way, it is like all of those clowns who feel good that their $13 wage went to $15, ignoring that it was accompanied by 20% inflation, so they are actually buying less than before, but good luck trying to tell them that, because math be hard and all.

Probably less then stellar students

OwenKellogg-Engineer | May 6, 2022 at 10:06 pm

Oberlin administration’s “weakness” is an intentional strategy, in my opinion. Just like the DOJ and activist groups conspire to overturn a rule with a court case and the DOJ team presents a weak defense such that the case is ruled in favor of the activists. Here, I think the same strategy is employed: certain staff indoctrinate the student body to act out about a perceived injustice, and the administration rolls over and removes the cause of said injustice, no matter the facts at play. The result is an indoctrunated army sent out in to society to wreak the same havoc in a larger scale. See Anyufa, BLM, etc., etc

And so what he testified is that, before they filed a lawsuit, he went and had a meeting with the college officials. And he said to them, “Look, I won’t file a lawsuit if you would just publicly issue a statement retracting the accusations of racism. You don’t even need to apologize, you just need to say we are not racist. We want to get our reputation back in this town.”
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This is an astounding fact, that the Oberlin administrators were so unwilling and unable to show any contrition, to show any empathy for Gibson’s plight or to otherwise work towards a constructive and mutually satisfactory resolution that avoided litigation. These virtue-signaling, vindictive and callous Dumb-o-crats would rather slander a bakery as allegedly racist, would rather destroy a family business and pander to the “social justice” mob with lies, than simply do what’s right and atone for their wrongful conduct.

    jb4 in reply to guyjones. | May 7, 2022 at 12:22 am

    It looks like they are going to pay $36 million because they could not bring themselves to make a statement they could not bring themselves to make. Fear of the students – who knows? I would have suggested they say something like, “Relations with the Town are important to the College. We know shoplifting by students has been a problem for stores, making it harder for owners to make a living. Therefore, we retract the “racist” statement we made and hope that the future will see less shoplifting and better relations with the town and its stores.”

      Another Voice in reply to jb4. | May 7, 2022 at 3:14 pm

      That figure of $36 Million is a figure which is growing daily pending appeal. As stated, After all other courts have found no standing, Oberlin has only one more possible appeal (and it’s dubious it will happen) and that is with The State Supreme Court.

      Oberlin was required to post, “$36 million appeal bond to secure the interest that’s been running. Interest has been running at about 5%. I may be a little bit off on my math, but I think it’s been running about $4,000 a day since June of 2019. So they’re owed now right about $36 million”

      You do the math from June 2019 – May 7, 2022!

        You miss the strategy: If they can keep feeding the legal community long enough 36 million won’t be worth 5 bucks.

    gonzotx in reply to guyjones. | May 7, 2022 at 8:43 am

    I believe they were of “color”, says it all

Great interview and analysis by Professor J., by the way, as always. Boy, are conservatives lucky that this guy is on our side!

Musk supports abortion

Elon Musk’s Tesla to Cover Travel Costs for Employees Seeking Out-of-State Abortions

    wendybar in reply to gonzotx. | May 7, 2022 at 7:17 am

    He never claimed to be a conservative. Just because he believes in free speech, doesn’t mean he will take EVERY conservative stance. I wish he would…but everybody has an opinion.

      gonzotx in reply to wendybar. | May 7, 2022 at 8:46 am

      But I am
      Very disappointed he is going beyond his “person”
      Beliefs and using his business to facilitate murder… guess free speech doesn’t pertain to the baby

    Free State Paul in reply to gonzotx. | May 7, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Actually, pro-free speech and pro-abortion are both consistent if one is a Classical Liberal (AKA Libertarian).

    The “Liberal vs Conservative” distinction has pretty much broken down. It’s now more of a “Progressive/Statist vs Constitutional/Freedom” dichotomy.

Not to paint with too broad a brush, but Legal Insurrection’s reporting on this incident has provided an excellent insight into the all to typical profile of an institution of higher education in the country today.

There’s another dimension here that is far too often overlooked and terribly important: who are the college trustees? These people should have been named and dragged through this publicly with the administrators. Further, unsaid but a fact, is that trustees at other institutions are equally responsible for perpetuating the problem by hiring Raimondo and the other disgraceful arrogant administrators from Oberlin. This behavior won’t stop until these sick, unrepentant people are barred from participating in the administration of higher education.

Trustees at colleges and universities (and boards of directors at places like Disney) must be known and identified when these things happen; in the final analysis they are the ones responsible for this tragedy and the stink of their actions should attach to them.

    MajorWood in reply to Owego. | May 7, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Oberlin claims that they are enlightened because they allow the alumni to elect 6 of the 26(?) trustees. I don’t bother voting because the choice is between, magenta, red, and burgundy on the communism color scale. The way the alumini should vote is by donations, but Oberlin apparently now controls the facebook channel. And most of the alumni are liberals, so they just act like nothing ever happened (re: Gibsons) because it is not in their nature to admit that they went to a college which is obviously run by idiots. You would think that if the college were just SO right in all of this that they would be bragging about it everywhere. The truth is that all of them know that they screwed up royally, and every day they are closer to when the shoe drops. Their only hope is a giant meteor. So instead, they do everything but talk about it, always claiming that they can’t talk about pending litigation (which is why they are paying $4000+/day to keep it constantly pending). I would like to see Koppel do a followup story now that the appeals court ruled 3-0 against Oberlin, I am guessing because they didn’t have the facts, know the law, and/or are really stupid (the likely take of a previous Oberlin GC).

nordic_prince | May 7, 2022 at 6:12 am

All these “conversations about race” are designed to do just one thing: induce balkanization. Company after company going “woke” shows that strategy is working.

It might be a good time to place an order at Gibson’s. They are online and ship.

“So, for example, calling somebody a racist is not defamatory, that’s an opinion. But saying “have engaged in racial profiling,” that’s a statement of fact, racial profiling is a fact and tortious interference, etc.“

The legal reality was fascinating to learn.

It’s very different outside the courts: If I’m called a racist it’s not only considered a fact but impossible to refute and I can never be redeemed from this. Just merely the accusation counts most.

    Nabi in reply to scfanjl. | May 8, 2022 at 2:30 am

    Legal ‘logic’. Go figure. Few things are more plastic than law deftly manipulated to maximum profit by the legal community.

    Sultan in reply to scfanjl. | May 10, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    I am very hesitant to disagree with a law professor, especially one as esteemed as our founder, but I respectfully disagree with his observation that falsely calling someone a racist is a matter of opinion and therefore not defamatory while falsely saying that that person has engaged in racial profiling is a factual statement and therefore can be defamatory. There are many false or reckless statements of mixed fact and opinion which can utterly destroy a reputation and which, especially when made with knowledge of their falsity, or at least without evidentiary basis, can be held defamatory.

Contrition might be nice and everything, but we’ll be happy to see them PAY UP.

How did our colleges get to be a refuge of scum and vermin? A stunning development, none too good

E Howard Hunt | May 7, 2022 at 9:16 am

So, I can call one a c..k su..ker, but I dare not assert one engages in fellatio.

    Milhouse in reply to E Howard Hunt. | May 10, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Sort of. “Cocksucker” is a mere term of abuse. Even “X sucks dick” is not a statement of fact but a mere term of abuse. Neither of those is defamatory. But if you say “I don’t mean this figuratively, I mean absolutely literally, X literally sucks actual non-metaphorical penises”, then you’re past the hurdle of a factual statement, and the question becomes “is that defamatory”? In most contexts, nowadays, no, it isn’t. But there remain some contexts in which it could be defamatory.

Of course Oberlin feels no remorse. As Jordan Peterson said in one of his appearances on Joe Rogan, Marxists are resentful towards people who are successful, and Gibsons operating a business for 5 generations is the epitome of success, so the Marxist professors and admins at Oberlin see the Gibsons the same way the Bolsheviks saw the Kulaks. Add on that the Gibsons are white and are thus, according to critical race theory, racists by default, and dared to have a black person arrested for theft, they are the embodiment of everything the Woke hates. So Oberlin literally sees Gibsons as the devil.

But I think that the college just assumes white business owner, black students stopped, it must be racism. I mean, that’s what our society is, in their view. So I don’t know if they consciously thought they were lying, but they certainly disregarded the facts.

Huh. There’s a term for that in English … I can’t quite recall what it is … it’s at the tip of my tongue …

    Sultan in reply to Milhouse. | May 10, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Let me help. Defamation. See above.

      Milhouse in reply to Sultan. | May 10, 2022 at 7:04 pm

      No, that’s not it. Try again. There’s a term for assuming white business owner, black students stopped, it must be racism. I just can’t quite think of it …

      Milhouse in reply to Sultan. | May 10, 2022 at 7:05 pm

      Hint: It’s something like “palatial growth filing”, but that’s not quite it…

opie taylor | May 13, 2022 at 11:03 pm

Stopped in at Gibson’s today for an apple fritter and a coffee. They said that Oberlin has until Tuesday to file an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.

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