Oberlin College to pay five generation bakery $11M after it facilitated SJW mobs to devastate business

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“Oberlin College in Ohio will have to pay a nearby bakery more than $11 million in damages because it libeled the store, tagging it as racist, and interfered with its business, a jury said on Friday.”

“The jury found the school and Oberlin's vice president and dean of students, Meredith Raimondo, guilty of libel after Raimondo allegedly helped pass out flyers claiming that the bakery was "racist" and had a history of "racial profiling and discrimination."

The jury also found that the college (not Raimondo) was guilty of intentional infliction of emotional distress for the owner, David Gibson, as well as libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress on his son.”
SOURCE URL: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/oberlin-college-to-pay-bakery-over-11-m-after-accusing-it-of-racial-profiling

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  • Posted by  $  4 months ago
    Oberlin College’s identity crisis led to its Gibson’s Bakery train wreck

    “What happened here is that Oberlin College and many universities have lost the understanding of their identity and basic purpose, and when that happens with most of us, when we don’t know who we are, we tend to do stupid things. That’s what happened here.

    A few years ago, they had students saying they wanted finals cancelled because they were protesting minority men being shot by police in nearby Cleveland; in Dec. of 2015, the school’s black student union published 14 pages of racial accusations against the school with 58 demands to fix them; and the school had students thinking that the sushi in their cafeteria was “cultural appropriation” and unfit for eating because of that.

    Instead of the school telling their students, “You are all crazy, and get back to studying,” they took on the “these poor snowflakes need our support” attitude.”
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    • Posted by CaptainKirk 4 months ago
      While I was at Michigan State, we had a large sit in. At the end, the minority students were granted an amnesty against their absences, missing homework and tests. This was 1988-1992 range. I was Aghast at the thought. We took BAD behavior and rewarded it.

      As it was, I had to over-compete to earn a spot in engineering. Despite going to a relatively poor school outside of Detroit, any black student coming from that school, got 0.5 added to their GPA based SOLELY on the color of their skin. If their parents put them in PRIVATE schools, they STILL got 0.5 added to their GPA. I had a NEAR PERFECT GPA, so I was getting in. But if there were enough minorities, I would have been squeezed out!

      Now, I have no problem saying "If you went to THIS Class of school, then we will bump your GPA for qualification purposes"... But basing it on color ONLY, not the school, WHILE arguing it is about the schooling difference. It blew my mind. While I was there, it broke my heart to see what a train wreck they were producing.

      It worked... Because WE KNOW people who turned down 90% scholarships at decent schools in MI, to go to MSU where they did not get but 10% financial aid, and a lot of LOANS. Because MSU was more the "Experience" they wanted from university!!!! (explain to me, the conversation an EDUCATED PARENT has with their child when they
      say: "If you go here, you will owe NOTHING when you graduate with a SOLID degree... But if you go THERE, You will owe $100,000+ in student loans, and have basically the same degree..."

      And do you think after that, the personal RESPONSIBILITY for such decisions will suddenly kick in? Not on your life!
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  • Posted by freedomforall 4 months, 1 week ago
    "they attempted to help the plaintiffs repair any harm caused by the student protests."
    Oberlin should be happy of this verdict. They can "help the plaintiffs repair any harm caused by the student protests" in reality instead of just pretending and talking about it.
    Hopefully next week the judge will rule for treble damages and Oberlin will be able to help even more. Although it may mean a few less scholarships for students going for degress in womens' studies and gay pride.
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  • Posted by Abaco 4 months, 1 week ago
    There was a small local brewery here in town (that made a fantastic IPA...I might add) that was shut down by the SJWs. Their founder went on social media to say he didn't agree with what he was seeing at The Women's March. That was it. They physically threated him and the business, picketed it, etc. The owners ousted the founder, they lost a fantastic brewmaster… The place reopened under a new name but never really recovered. Their beer sucks now, too...
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  • Posted by  $  25n56il4 4 months, 1 week ago
    I hope none of that $11 million tries to come out of the legacy left to Oberlin by my dearest friend ever! He would rise up from his grave at their stupidity! I shall pass this on to the Executor of his Charity. He won't like it either!
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  • Posted by  $  4 months, 1 week ago
    More details,

    “Punitive damage phase to start next Tuesday, which could increase the damages to $33 million.”

    “First, from the start of this case I have questioned the aggressive and demeaning attacks on the Gibsons as a defense strategy. There is no evidence that the Gibsons did anything wrong, unless you consider stopping people from stealing something wrong. That lawful act of protecting one’s property nonetheless has devastated a 5-generation business because of Oberlin College racial politics. Gibson’s Bakery survived two World Wars, the Depression, the turmoil of the 1960s, and the so-called Great Recession, but it may not survive Oberlin College’s social justice warriors and their faculty and administrative enablers. If the jury understands this, the other pieces of the case fall into line, factually and legally.

    Second, I never cease to be amazed at the arrogance of the college community as reflected in the defense that Gibson’s Bakery was close to worthless. It’s the arrogance of the credentialed. A business that is in its 5th generation, and that currently supports three of those generations, is something of value. A business that employed almost a dozen local employees prior to this incident is something to value. Ultimately the jury will have to put a monetary value on the dramatic drop in business, and the loss of reputation of the individuals, but to demean the business the way was done is maddening.”


    Go woke, go broke.
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    • Posted by KevinSchwinkendorf 4 months ago
      It sounds like the "worthless" status of the business was a direct result of Oberlin College's harassment and attacks. I would be in favor of Oberlin funding college tuition for all future generations of the Gibson family - "in perpetuity" (oh yeah, THAT would indeed be "the gift that keeps on giving"!). And, of course, that tuition obligation would be at the college of choice for all those future generations - and not necessarily at Oberlin College (but maybe perhaps at Liberty University?). If they fail to pay, provision should be made that consequences should be treated just like when a parent fails to provide child support in a divorce case.
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      • Posted by  $  4 months ago
        Kind of like property values of a town after a government declares that they’re going to build a dam around it and fill it with water. Then after many years of red tape, property owners get “fair value” for their “worthless” land.
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    • Posted by  $  exceller 4 months, 1 week ago
      This case is similar to "Chick-Fil-A" which was vilified for anti-gay policies.

      Any reason would do: looking at someone in the eye (which is a crime these days), expressing an opinion or belief that is not espoused by the left, of be in any way non-PC.

      PC is an original tool b/c anything can be used to crack down on your opponent.
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  • Posted by rhfinle 3 months, 4 weeks ago
    Ever since Howard Cosell lost his job for complementing a black athlete the wrong way, White Americans have been backed against the wall and threatened with the irrevocable acid stain of being called "racist", if they said or did anything at all that could be considered to offend, in any way, the racial sensibilities of other races. I have said before, here and elsewhere, that all that is needed to stop the bullying is for one person to stand up to them and say "Prove I'm a racist in a court of law, or I'll sue you blind." Thank you, Gibson's. We are all in your debt. Hopefully the day will come soon where it's too politically costly for a liberal to call someone 'the R word'.
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  • Posted by  $  25n56il4 4 months ago
    I sent Meredith Raimondo's name to one of their most important funding sources. She took over as Executor of her daddy's Trust when he died. She won't be happy Oberlin is squandering his hard earned money. We 'good old girls' stick together.
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  • Posted by  $  exceller 4 months, 1 week ago
    "Rather, the college and Dr. Raimondo worked to ensure that students’ freedom of speech was protected and that the student demonstrations were safe and lawful, and they attempted to help the plaintiffs repair any harm caused by the student protests.” - says Oberlin.

    Sure. They are for "free speech" as long as it if "free" for them to libel others who don't conform.

    Oberlin is a good example of campus violence gone amok.
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