Oberlin College is a bastion of liberalism that was one of the first colleges in the country to admit black students and educate men and women together. On Monday, it canceled classes and declared “a day of solidarity” after a person wearing what looked like a Ku Klux Klan outfit was seen near the Afrikan Heritage House on campus.
“This event, in addition to the series of other hate-related incidents on campus, has precipitated our decision to suspend formal classes and all non-essential activities for today,” Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov and three deans said in a statement Monday.
Here’s more from the college:
“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. Indeed, the strength of Oberlin comes from our belief that diversity and openness enriches us all, and enhances the educational mission at its core.”
Oberlin said the incident is being reported by both campus security and the Oberlin Police Department.