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The Coddling of College Hate Crime Hoaxers

By Michelle Malkin · Mar. 6, 2013

American college campuses are the most fertile grounds for fake hate. They're marinated in identity politics and packed with self-indulgent, tenured radicals suspended in the 1960s. In the name of enlightenment and tolerance, these institutions of higher learning breed a corrosive culture of left-wing self-victimization. Take my alma mater, Oberlin College. Please.

This week, the famously “progressive” college in Ohio made international headlines when it shut down classes after a series of purported hate crimes. According to the Oberlin Review (a student newspaper I once wrote for), anti-black and anti-gay vandalism/“hate speech” have plagued the campus since Feb. 9.

“'Whites Only' was written above a water fountain, 'Nigger Oven' was written inside the elevator, and 'No Niggers' was written on a bathroom door” at one dormitory, according to the publication.

Swastikas and epithets were drawn on posters around the school. Activists implied the incidents were tied to Black History Month. The final straw? A menacing presence on campus who allegedly donned a “KKK hood” and robe near the segregated black dormitory known as “Afrikan Heritage House.”

Oberlin President Marvin Krislov and three college deans ostentatiously published an “open letter” announcing the administration's decision to “suspend formal classes and non-essential activities.” The campus body immediately jumped to conclusions and indulged in collective grievance-mongering. The New York Times, Black Entertainment Television and The Associated Press all piled on with angst-ridden coverage of the puzzling crimes at one of the first U.S. colleges to admit blacks and women.

Oberlin alumna Lena Dunham, a cable TV celebrity who starred in a pro-Obama ad likening her vote for him to losing her virginity, took to Twitter to rally her fellow “Obies.” The Associated Press dutifully reported Dunham's plea as news: “Hey, Obies, remember the beautiful, inclusive and downright revolutionary history of the place you call home. Protect each other.”

But what the AP public relations team for Dunham and the Oberlin mau-mau-ers didn't report is the rest of the story. While Blame Righty propagandists bemoaned the frightening persistence of white supremacy in the tiny town of Oberlin, city police told a local reporter that eyewitnesses saw no one in KKK garb – but instead saw a pedestrian wearing a blanket. Yes, the dreaded Assault Blanket of Phantom Bias.

Moreover, after arresting two students involved in the spate of hate messages left around campus, police say “it is unclear if they were motivated by racial hatred or – as has been suggested – were attempting a commentary on free speech.”

Color me unsurprised. The truth is that Oberlin has been a hotbed of dubious hate crime claims, dating back to the late 1980s and 1990s, when I was a student on campus. In 1988, giant signs reading “White Supremacy Rules (Kill All Niggers)” and “White Supremacy Rules, (Fuck (slashed out and replaced with 'Kill') All Minorities)” were hung anonymously at the Student Union building. It has long been suspected that minority students themselves were responsible.

In 1993, a memorial arch on campus dedicated to Oberlin missionaries who died in the Boxer Rebellion was defaced with anti-Asian graffiti. The venomous messages – “Death to Chinks Memorial” and “Dead chinks, good chinks” – led to a paroxysm of protests, administration self-flagellation and sanctimonious resolutions condemning bigotry. But the hate crime was concocted by an Asian-American Oberlin student engaged in the twisted pursuit of raising awareness about hate by faking it, Tawana Brawley-style.

Segregated dorms, segregated graduations and segregated academic departments foster paranoid and selective race-consciousness. While I was on campus, one Asian-American student accused a library worker of racism after the poor staffer asked the grievance-mongering student to lower the blinds where she was studying. Call the Department of Justice!

A black student accused an ice cream shop owner of racism after he told the student she was not allowed to sit at an outside table because she hadn't purchased any items from his store. Alert the U.N. Commission on Human Rights!

In 2006, I went back to Oberlin to confront the campus with the hate crime hoax phenomenon. As I told students back then, liberals see racism where it doesn't exist, fabricate it when they can't find it and ignore it within their own ranks. I documented case after case of phony racism by students and faculty, from Ole Miss to Arizona State to Claremont McKenna, and contrasted it with the vitriolic prejudice that tolerant lefties have for minorities who stray from the political plantation.

The response from “students of color”? They took offense, of course, and characterized my speech as self-hating hate. Just as their coddling faculty and college elders have taught them to do.

I repeat: Mix identity politics, multicultural studies, cowardly administrators and biased media – and you've got a toxic recipe for opportunistic hate crime hoaxes. Welcome to high-priced, higher mis-education, made and manufactured in the U.S.A.



HardThought in Kansas said:

"I dream of the day when my children will be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin."

Not in liberal la la land. No money or attention there.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:31 AM

wjm in Colorado said:

The marxists are just following their playbook. Democrats have adopted the Communist Manifesto as their doctrine. It is all in there, they have learned it well. They are traitors.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM

rippedchef in sc said:

what a great institution now turned to liberal crap-my great-great grandfather was president of Oberlin in the late 1800's-(William Garst Stewart)-guess I won't be bragging about my ancestors anymore-another item to thank the libtards for

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Dick Boas in Long Pond, PA said:

I try not to miss any of your columns. Full disclosure; had I been born in Germany in 1941 instead of New Jersey, I would have ended up in the ovens.
I grew up in a family that had absolutley no concept of prejudice. My grandparents were first generation Americans and had lived through the evils of discrimination. I do not understand how anyone who is a true patriot can subscribe to these vile acts. Thank you for your work

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

I had a lib College English lit professor, who was scared of Ronald Reagan! Voting for Reagan 2X, was the best thing I ever did! The gold standard for job creation, is Reagan-Friedman!!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Gronk Heward in Oberlin, OH said:

I am a student of Oberlin College. The KKK sighting was, in fact, fake. The girl who reported it has lupus, and she is legally blind. The administration did not want to cancel classes, but they were forced to by the afrikana community, which threatened to barricade the doors of the academic buildings if classes were not canceled. This community, in a state of shock, was unable to think rationally in that canceling classes played right into the plan of the individuals who originally posted the hate speech. The likely perpetrators of this hate speech, while I can not disclose their names, were white males. They were attempting to make a point about their right to free speech and were caught in the act by security cameras. They have been suspended. One of them was very publicly removed from his dormitory by college security. Their Facebook profiles have been removed. I am not sure if they were seized by law enforcement, but they are no longer accessible. I hope that cleared some things up.

I am a moderate at this school and the reaction to these terrible events has made me almost as angry as the events themselves. Not all of us are like the most vocal group on campus that among other things has consistently blamed the administration and interrupted an interview with the college president on national television. I really hate being here right now.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Byron Winchell in Frankfort replied:

I wondered if the administration would be immune to damages for failing to deliver education (meaning course classes) as per the its contract with students? There was no danger (I speak as an OSU Kent-State era grad; we were sent home mid-quarter and no refunds) to students except that manufactured by some faction or other. Of course, one would not be concerned very much about the value of education if one were attending Oberlin in any event.

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM