Oberlin College cancelled all classes on Monday after a “KKK figure,” wearing a robe and hood, was allegedly spotted near the African Heritage House:
OBERLIN, Ohio — Classes at Oberlin College were canceled on Monday after a series of “hate-related incidents” on campus, the school announced on its website.
Officials say the latest problem occurred Monday morning near the African Heritage House, where a person wearing a hood and robe resembling the KKK was spotted.
That event, in addition to other challenging issues that have faced the community in recent weeks, forced school administrators to suspend formal classes and all non-essential activities on Monday.
“We hope today will allow the entire community—students, faculty, and staff—to make a strong statement about the values that we cherish here at Oberlin: inclusion, respect for others, and a strong and abiding faith in the worth of every individual. Indeed, the strength of Oberlin comes from our belief that diversity and openness enriches us all, and enhances the educational mission at its core,” a statement read on the school website.
Instead of class, students are encouraged to participate in a series of discussions planned Monday.
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The shock of this alleged racially charged incident is compounded by the unexpected place where it occurred. Oberlin College is well known for its political liberalism. In fact, The Huffington Post listed Oberlin College as the third most liberal College in America in 2012.
It would certainly be risky for someone to walk around in public wearing a white robe and hood in one of the most liberal places in America, and in close proximity to thousands of hyper-connected students who own camera phones.
“When faced with difficult situations,” a statement on the college website read, “Oberlin has consistently met the challenges and affirmed its commitment to the highest quality of education and the noblest aspirations of its community members.” No word yet on when classes will resume at Oberlin.
The college’s official new release says the sighting took place in the “early morning” hours.
So far, no pictures or videos of the reported “KKK figure” have surfaced.