Oberlin Cancels Classes Amid Hate-Speech Epidemic

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Oberlin College in Ohio canceled classes today in favor of "A Day of Solidarity" after someone in a KKK-style hood and robe was spotted near the school's Afrikan Heritage House, the latest in a string of bizarre "hate-related incidents." Throughout February, according to the Oberlin Review, the word black was replaced with the N-word on Black History Month flyers; the LGBTQ center was defaced; swastikas have been spotted around campus; and at least one robbery included remarks about the victim's ethnicity. "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," the administration said. The liberal arts school is about 72 percent white, 6 percent black, and 6 percent Hispanic.