A Large Victory Against the Universities… But They Still Need to Go! By James Reed

     There has been a lot published about a US bakery that scored a massive victory against a university. Here is the story summarised with most, but not all details:

“Ohio's Oberlin College has been a bastion of liberal activism virtually since its founding in 1833. It was the first interracial and first coeducational college in the US, and was once even home to a stop on the Underground Railroad. But in the heady modern political climate, Oberlin is known less for helping ferry runaway slaves to freedom in Canada, and more for an activist community that has condemned cafeteria food offerings as racist (because they're not authentic), questioned the value of teaching the western canon and pushed the necessity of safe spaces. One black female professor provoked a controversy in 2016 after she was fired for making incendiary statements like blaming Israel for 9/11. Soon, the school's black student union was condemning the school as an "unethical institution" and demanding that the professor be given tenure.

But while these incidents may have tarnished the school's reputation, reinforcing its reputation as a bastion of over-privileged trust-funders, the college will now face a very real cost after losing a legal battle with a local bakery that has been a pillar of the downtown business community since it opened more than 100 years ago, according to the Washington Post. Gibson's, a bakery known for its wheat donuts and apple fritters, has for decades held a standing contract to supply baked goods for university functions. But the school cut ties with Gibson's after an incident where a young black student was caught trying to shoplift a few bottles of wine. A scuffle ensued, and ended with the student's arrest and arraignment on a robbery charge. When Aladin arrived at the front of the store, Gibson, 32 at the time, told the student that he was contacting the police, saying he had seen him slip two bottles of wine under his clothes. When he pulled out his phone to take a picture, according to a police report, Aladin slapped it away, causing it to strike Gibson’s face.

Gibson followed the student from the store, where they began exchanging blows across the street, which is campus property. Police said they arrived to find Gibson on his back, with Aladin, joined by two friends, punching and kicking him. All three were charged, Aladin with robbery and his friends with assault. Soon, the school's students, led by the Black Student Union, had branded Gibson's a "RACIST" establishment. Students encouraged a boycott of the establishment, which is owned by Gibson’s father, David R. Gibson, and his grandfather, also named Allyn. "A member of our community was assaulted by the owner of this establishment yesterday," read a flier distributed outside the bakery, calling Gibson’s a "RACIST establishment with a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and DISCRIMINATION." The leaflet recommended 10 rival businesses where patrons could go instead. The school followed up by suspending its Gibson's order (though it was later quietly reinstated). But for Gibson's, the damage had already been done, and small business decided to pursue a civil complaint against the school and a senior administrator.

For Gibson’s owners, that did not settle the matter. In November 2017, they filed a civil complaint against Oberlin in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas. Accusing the college of lending support to the protests, the Gibson family sued the institution, as well as Raimondo, for libel, slander, interference with business relationships, interference with contracts, deceptive trade practices, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring and trespass. The owners argued that college leaders facilitated the "illegal defamation and economic boycott" by helping students copy and distribute the fliers, as well as joining them at protest actions and allowing them to skip class and gain credit to continue their campaign. According to the complaint, a Facebook post by an Oberlin academic department stated, "Gibson’s has been bad for decades, their dislike of Black people is palpable. Their food is rotten and they profile Black students. NO MORE!" "Gibson’s Bakery has suffered a severe and sustained loss of student, professor, administrative, and college department business," the complaint argued. It also pointed to a "severe emotional and physical toll" on the family. Their home had been damaged, they claimed, and their car tires punctured. Gibson's ended up winning an $11 million judgment.”

     Good work, keep it up!

     Here is an outline of all of the pc things that the college has got up to:

     But what about the shop lifters, just poor kids wanting to get a drink because no-one would let them have a drink of water, so they had to steal alcohol? Think again, none of the individuals were such oppressed minorities:

     This case illustrated the rot that lies at the heart of the liberal university where political correctness has replaced reason:

“Something is rotten in the state of Massachusetts. In the once-hallowed halls of Harvard University, there is now supplication to authoritarian China, adulation for leaders unwilling to defend the international order, and capricious disregard for equal justice. I refer, in that last point, to Harvard's decision to withdraw its offer of a place in its 2023 class to Kyle Kashuv. A survivor of the 2018 Parkland school shooting, Kashuv is well known for his Second Amendment advocacy. But as Kashuv noted on Twitter on Monday, Harvard's Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons recently withdrew the university's offer on the basis of messages he sent at the age of 16, before undergoing the trauma of the Parkland shooting. Dean Fitzsimmons says that the messages show an absence of "maturity and moral character." Asked to explain these comments, Kashuv wrote an eloquent apology letter, but it wasn't enough. Harvard says the decision is final. Its timing has left Kashuv without the opportunity to start college this year, as all the deadlines have already passed to accept other offers. And he says he passed up large scholarships to go to Harvard.

Any objective thinker would suggest that a university's offer of admissions be based on the totality of person's character at the moment of their application. And on that basis, Kashuv is clearly very far from the immature 16-year-old we can see in his earlier comments. On the contrary, he is a eloquent young man with the moral courage to articulate his views in a social and media environment that generally has little regard for them. It gets worse, because Harvard's decision also reeks of hypocrisy. Consider its comparative treatment of another Parkland survivor and successful admissions applicant, David Hogg. Hogg to this day frequently lobs profanity laden insults at political opponents. Hogg's present day rhetoric does not immediately suggest the "maturity and moral character" Harvard says it so values. But hear me out. Because I believe Hogg probably does deserve his Harvard place. He is passionate, intelligent, and has shown leadership qualities in galvanizing others around his views. I believe those qualities outweigh his continuing immaturity. Fitzsimmons and his team, already being sued for discrimination against Asian applicants, were willing to treat Kashuv equally. Perhaps Kashuv, who has brought up the university's past association with slavery, should do a whip around. Fitzsimmons' record suggests that he's more friendly if you throw cash at him.”

     As always, we have not seen anything yet, and the slide down will be breathtaking.



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