Oberlin College Verdict
The Oberlin College verdict threw a wrench into the Oberlin community. Its former president, David Gibson, and other students are no longer enrolled. Now, a new Board of Trustees is in charge, including a director from billionaire George Soros. After the verdict, David Gibson publicly revealed his cancer treatment and said Oberlin College had filed a motion to conceal information from the jury. What's next?
The college was found liable for discrimination and for not allowing Gibson's Bakery to provide bread for its cafeteria. The bakery cited the Oberlin administration's failure to enforce a resolution prohibiting discrimination. While the college knew about the resolution, they did not do anything to prevent the protests. Furthermore, the court ruled that the bakery had no status as a public figure at the time of the protests and that the college was not liable for the protesters' deaths.
The students then organized a protest outside the Gibson's restaurant. There, they distributed flyers that claimed the restaurant was 'racist.' Gibson's has a history of discrimination and racial profiling. Meredith Raimondo, the college's dean of students, distributed leaflets accusing Gibson of racial profiling. She also texted a woke mob on a prominent academic who criticized Oberlin's bullying.
The college also sanctioned the student senate and gave it the power to pass resolutions. They also provided an office, a faculty adviser, and a glass display case. They also had the authority to distribute these resolutions through mass emails. These actions, however, were not a result of a lack of free speech. They are an example of how free speech cuts both ways. A multimillion dollar verdict demonstrates the truth behind student protests.
After the Oberlin College verdict, a student's right to free speech has been restored. The college's actions in 2017 were unconstitutional. The court found that a student who was convicted of a crime had been racially profiled. Although the college denied a motion for a new trial, it denied the owners' appeal. Nevertheless, the student has a right to appeal and keep the case alive.
In addition to the student's right to free speech, the verdict also clarifies that Oberlin College is a private non-profit. Despite its unprofessional language, the institution does not contribute to the collective social services of its community or state. By denying its students' right to free speech, the Oberlin College verdict is a sign of its racially-charged culture. These students are fighting for justice.
After the Oberlin College verdict, an Ohio appeals court upheld a $25 million judgment. The bakery argued that Oberlin College had libeled it, despite their own wrongful actions. The case stemmed from a shoplifting incident and a music conservatory incident that occurred on Oberlin's campus. The 9th District Court of Appeals rejected all claims and affirmed the judge's ruling. Therefore, the bakery should receive $6.3 million in legal fees.