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Oberlin College students rally against racial incidents

11:48 AM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
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By Tom Beres

OBERLIN (WKYC) - The student body of Oberlin College rallied Monday to send a clear message to whomever is responsible for racial tensions and graffiti on the campus, "We are United against you and your messages of hate."

Classes were cancelled Monday after an early morning incident where a student claimed to see a person wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

That comes after months of incidents, at least 16 reported to police, of racial, sexist and homophobic graffiti and flyers on campus.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Sean Decatur said the decision to suspend classes was made to discuss the situation and let the campus recommit to values of tolerance and inclusion.

Oberlin police and campus security are investigating the incidents but are looking for leads and suspects.
Oberlin College was the first to regularly admit African American students.

The City of Oberlin played an important role in the fight against slavery.

Some African American students said they were afraid. Others said they appreciated the campus wide support.

Classes resumed Tuesday.


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