Saturday, December 17, 2022

Oberlin College pays bakery it called 'racist' over $36 million after years-long defamation lawsuit

by Rod Williams, Dec. 17, 2022 - As explained at this news linkOberlin College in Ohio has paid out over $36 million to Gibson’s Bakery and Food Mart after years of attempting to overturn a jury decision that found the college defamed the local bakery. 

In 2016, a Black student stole a bottle of wine from the bakery, the owner gave chase and tackled the student, two other Black students came to the aid of the student who stole the wine, and blows were exchanged. The three students were arrested and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Students from Oberlin College protested outside the bakery and the Oberlin College vice president and dean of students, Meredith Raimondo, handed out flyers stating that the bakery is a "RACIST establishment with a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and DISCRIMINATION." 

The bakery sued for defamation and won, the college appealed and lost. The college just paid up. 

Hallelujah! Maybe people ought to think twice before calling people racist and ruining their reputation and attempting to ruin their business. $36 million could have gone a long way toward scholarships for underprivileged students. Unfortunately, justice is expensive.  I would like to see more public interest law firms taking on cases of this nature. Society needs to push back against woke bullies. 

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