Klansman sighting that shut down Oberlin campus was student wrapped in a blanket

posted at 8:41 pm on March 5, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

When I saw this story Monday, I wondered when we might find out that something much less sinister was afoot:

Early this morning, there was a report of a person wearing a hood and robe resembling a KKK outfit between South and the Edmonia Lewis Center and in the vicinity of Afrikan Heritage House. This report is being investigated by both Safety and Security and the Oberlin Police Department. 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, Monday, March 4, 2013, and gather for a series of discussions of the challenging issues that have faced our community in recent weeks.

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.

Campus reports of several racist vandalism incidents had sensitivity police on high alert. But actual police came up with a more likely explanation for the Klansman sighting:

Oberlin College’s “Day of Solidarity” on Monday was sparked by a student who reported seeing a person wearing what appeared to be a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe near the college’s Afrikan Heritage House while driving through campus between 1 and 2 a.m.

College security officers responded to the area, but weren’t able to find a person wearing the infamous KKK garb.

Oberlin police Lt. Mike McCloskey said that authorities did find a pedestrian wrapped in a blanket. He said police interviewed another witness later in the day and that person also saw a female walking with a blanket.

He said Oberlin police were contacted by campus security and interviewed the student who reported seeing the KKK outfit.

McCloskey said police haven’t been able to substantiate the initial report, although that doesn’t mean it was wrong.

As Oberlin alumna Michelle Malkin points out, Oberlin’s campus has a history of fake hate crimes. That doesn’t mean all of them are fake, but it does mean school officials might want to take shaky one-witness reports of Klansmen on campus with a grain of salt before canceling a day of class. But, as any sentient being knows post-Duke lacrosse case, college communities are more than happy to jump to conclusions about campus incidents should such incidents be an invitation to ostentatious self-reflection and flagellation. I imagine, even if a student walking around with a blanket had figured out she might have been the subject of this campus-wide misunderstanding, she’d be petrified to come forward and clear it up. How quickly would she become known solely as the girl who wore a Klan robe outside the Afrikan cultural center, with little regard for what actually happened?

In other on-campus news, DePaul University recently punished a student in the case of vandalism of a pro-life memorial display. The only problem? The punished student was the one who named the vandals, not the actual vandals:

On January 22, 2013, the DePaul chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), having attained the required permits, erected a pro-life display consisting of roughly 500 pink and blue flags planted in the ground of the campus quad to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. That afternoon, numerous DePaul students vandalized the display by tearing the flags from the ground and throwing them in trash cans around campus. Del Campo, YAF’s chairman, reported the vandalism to DePaul’s Department of Public Safety, which investigated.

With the investigation completed, DePaul Assistant Dean of Students Domonic Rollins provided Del Campo with a report from the Department of Public Safety, containing the names of 13 DePaul students who had admitted to vandalizing YAF’s display. On February 5, the national YAF organization posted this document on its website. On February 8, DePaul notified Del Campo that he was suspected of violating DePaul’s Code Of Student Responsibility—including a charge of “Disorderly, Violent, Intimidating or Dangerous Behavior,” which encompasses “creat[ing] a substantial risk of physical harm,” “causing significant emotional harm,” and “bullying.”

“Punishing a student for naming those who committed a crime against him or her sets a very dangerous precedent,” said FIRE’s Shibley. “For example, would DePaul punish a female student for telling her friends to avoid a person who admitted to sexually assaulting her?”

Kristopher Del Campo was charged with “‘Disorderly, Violent, Intimidating or Dangerous Behavior,’ as well as a charge related to ‘Judicial Process Compliance.’”

I’m happy to be vigilant about nasty, racist, or intimidating behavior on campus or anywhere, but the zeal with which college communities shoehorn everything into their preferred paradigm of victims and bullies without evidence mostly results in lost reputations, not gained perspective. As Malkin has written, “liberals see racism where it doesn’t exist, fabricate it when they can’t find it, and ignore it within their own ranks.” It’s a deeply unhealthy, unintellectual practice, and mistakes are rarely followed by apologies.

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As soon as that skank Lena Dunham weighed in (literally), the story died.

guido911 on March 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Blankets are the gateway clothing…?

d1carter on March 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Anyone else getting real tired of this $hit???

BigWyo on March 5, 2013 at 8:47 PM

No doubt We need an ‘Assault Blanket’ ban …

Galt2009 on March 5, 2013 at 8:47 PM

One can only imagine the horror if she’d also had a piece of paper torn to look like a gun.

rogerb on March 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Klansman sighting? Ted Cruz a McCarthyite? A pistol chewed from a pastry gets a kid suspended?

The left is jumping the shark with their cultural transformation, and unless we find spine enough to respond in kind, with equal or greater strength to it, we will all be toast… most of us within our lifetimes.

petefrt on March 5, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I just hope that co-ed didn’t have a pop-tart with a bite taken out in a vague shape of a gun.

rbj on March 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Early this morning, there was a report of a person wearing a hood and robe resembling a KKK outfit between South and the Edmonia Lewis Center and in the vicinity of Afrikan Heritage House.

Well, George, we haven’t been able to document it, but we’re pretty sure this was a member of the Tea party–Brian Ross.

predator on March 5, 2013 at 8:52 PM

‘Judicial Process Compliance

Heh. You can’t be serious.

Curtiss on March 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Example #1435697265Liberalism is a mental disease.

Ufdaubet on March 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Jerk, meet a knee.

Jabberwock on March 5, 2013 at 8:54 PM

…we need the New Black Panther Party patrolling these campuses!…turdfreeorpee

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM

McCloskey said police haven’t been able to substantiate the initial report, although that doesn’t mean it was wrong.

It’s the ” The seriousness of the charge” thingy work here.

The hell with facts.

Jabberwock on March 5, 2013 at 8:56 PM

I just hope that co-ed didn’t have a pop-tart with a bite taken out in a vague shape of a gun.

rbj on March 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

One can only imagine the horror if she’d also had a piece of paper torn to look like a gun.

rogerb on March 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

…it’s past the point of insanity lately…isn’t it?

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Oberlin police Lt. Mike McCloskey said that authorities did find a pedestrian wrapped in a blanket. He said police interviewed another witness later in the day and that person also saw a female walking with a blanket.

The walk of shame turned hate crime. The skank’s parents would be so proud.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM

And IF it had been a Kl@nsman? As far as I know, being a Kl@nsman is neither illegal nor unconstitutional. It may be distasteful, but it isn’t, or shouldn’t be, the basis for a “lock down.”

JFKY on March 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Oberlin police Lt. Mike McCloskey said that authorities did find a pedestrian wrapped in a blanket. He said police interviewed another witness later in the day and that person also saw a female walking with a blanket.

 
BTW- Considering the phrasing (and lack of arrest/diversity training/candlelight vigil, etc.), it’s a pretty strong chance it was black girl in the blanket, right?

rogerb on March 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM

college communities are more than happy to jump to conclusions

Liberals = lemmings.

GarandFan on March 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM

For the DePaul case, I’d need more information before I sided with Del Campo. If he’s in an official position and he released disciplinary information to parties that shouldn’t have received it, then that should be punished. You can’t do that, and anyone in his position would/should have signed confidentiality agreements or made statements to that effect.

If the information was not intended to be confidential or if YAF received it some other way, then it’s not an issue. But going simply off the facts given, I think the university is probably right in this case. The charge for “Judicial Process Compliance” is likely for releasing information he shouldn’t have. The first charge is probably intended to be for making the information public, which doesn’t seem justified, but if their system is anything like the one at IU, they will charge anything that might fit because they can’t add or modify charges after they’ve notified the student. What he’s responsible for will be determined later.

The question now is if they’ll even bother charging the vandals.

FlareCorran on March 5, 2013 at 9:02 PM

A college student confused a Snuggie for a Klan robe? There’s your future, America. Be very afraid.

Philly on March 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Some filthy old hippy-witch dancing through the streets dressed like GIANT LADY PARTS is a “celebration”, but, a student walking across campus, wrapped in a blanket, is a panic inducing “hate crime”? Liberalism is a disease.

http://moonbattery.com/code-pink-vagina-spedwoman.jpg

http://www.index.hr/images2/vagina_yotuube_625_2882012.jpg

http://www.sondrakistan.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/CODE_PINK_VAGINAS.jpg

Pork-Chop on March 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Up-twinkles!!!

greggriffith on March 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

One can only imagine the horror if she’d also had a piece of paper torn to look like a gun.

rogerb on March 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Worse yet. A Pop Tart!

JannyMae on March 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM

So, someone has a Linus complex, and it shuts down the entire college for the whole day? I wonder what would have happened if this person had bitten a pop tart into the shape of a gun…

HiJack on March 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Beat me to it.

HiJack on March 5, 2013 at 9:10 PM

From the Malkin piece linked above:

“liberals see racism where it doesn’t exist, fabricate it when they can’t find it, and ignore it within their own ranks.”

Perfectly said.

Rational Thought on March 5, 2013 at 9:10 PM

A recent rating of U.S. Catholic colleges and universities rated DePaul as the least Catholic Catholic college in the United States. Unfortunately, my alma mater the University of Detroit Mercy finished second to DePaul. The “top ten” were dominated by Jesuit and Vincentin colleges.

bw222 on March 5, 2013 at 9:18 PM

A brief history of the mental illness known as Liberalism:

Mental illness is defined as a condition that causes serious abnormality in a person’s thinking or behavior.

From what is known of the brain, it seems that mental illness is caused either by direct physical damage to the brain itself, or a number of psychological disorders that have developed for one reason or another over time.

In the past, philosophy of the liberal mind has not been considered a serious option in regard to the diagnosis and observation of liberal mental illness. But the inclusion of philosophy is becoming more common as psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience advance.

The advancement and convergence of the various brain sciences demonstrates how difficult it is to reconcile the physical and psychological processes of the brain, and that the evidence currently available is far from adequate in answering many of the big questions about the liberal brain, such as liberal delusions in their mentally ill.

A rudimentary explanation of the delusions is that liberals strongly believe something to be true in the face of evidence to the contrary, giving rise to false beliefs. These false beliefs can originate in many ways, but more usually they arise because liberals misinterpret another’s actions or misread their intentions, typically on purpose.

Though the above example does not constitute a mental illness as such, it does raise questions of how much autonomy is present in any liberals’ mind over what they can say they think about.

It does seem that much of their thinking relies on “hardwired” neural networks that continue to function long after they have outlived their usefulness.

This becomes easier to notice when the liberal belief system of a person begins to override or take control of a liberal person’s mind, which then manifests as a mental illness.

The theory of not being able to control the evaluation of liberal beliefs may be consistent with one particular social disorder.

How liberals present themselves to society everyday, and how liberals think they appear to other people seems to be important.

So, while you can explain to a person who holds such liberal beliefs that there are other explanations, it is unlikely that you will shake their belief.

If society’s goal is to avoid people forming liberal beliefs that are not grounded in reality, liberal beliefs that are impervious to evidence, then why would we deliberately set out to teach a system that is itself impervious to evidence? We shouldn’t…

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 9:19 PM

McCloskey said police haven’t been able to substantiate the initial report, although that doesn’t mean it was wrong.

I LOLed. Yes I did. Right out loud.

I suppose that makes me “culturally insensitive”.

Solaratov on March 5, 2013 at 9:22 PM

And IF it had been a Kl@nsman? As far as I know, being a Kl@nsman is neither illegal nor unconstitutional. It may be distasteful, but it isn’t, or shouldn’t be, the basis for a “lock down.”

JFKY on March 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM

That was my first thought.

JannyMae on March 5, 2013 at 9:22 PM

“liberals see racism where it doesn’t exist, fabricate it when they can’t find it, and ignore it within their own ranks.”

Perfectly said.

Rational Thought on March 5, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Replace ‘racism’ with ‘antisemitism’ and you’ll essentially have what my dad used to ‘drum’ into me when I was a teenager.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2013 at 9:23 PM

^^

Then again, a school just offered counseling for kids that might have been adversely affected by a Pop Tart eaten to resemble a gun, so…..

JannyMae on March 5, 2013 at 9:24 PM

When we’re all wearing quilted uniforms and tire-tread sandals there will be no more of these costume hijinks.

“Day of Solidarity” will also take on an entirely new meaning.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Early this morning, there was a report of a person wearing a hood and robe resembling a KKK
==========================

Wait a tic,are they sure this nut,wasn’t on his/her way to the
Alter of Liberalism/Progressivism!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Police responding to someone maybe wearing a Klan outfit? Apparently police don’t have better things to do in that city.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Pu**ies. We’re raising a nation of pu**ies. No sh**, I have actually punched Privates in the face (reduced force) just to help them realize they didn’t have to go through life as a pu**y.

Here’s my point- you see a someone in what you think is a Klan robe, you go up and challenge that co**suckerface. And if you don’t? Well, that’s how you know that you’re a pu**y.

M240H on March 5, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Tomorrow’s manufactured headline today: Oberlin student’s blanket infected with smallpox. Entire campus quarantined indefinitely. John Boehner called person of interest.

Buy Danish on March 5, 2013 at 10:01 PM

People, especially liberals, are always fighting the last war. The Klan is so 1920s. There’s a magnitude of order more damage done by race-baiting and the onerous hammer of political correctness when it comes to race than is done by all the kinds of white on black hate, whether it’s termed racism, bigotry, or prejudice, all put together.

Paul-Cincy on March 5, 2013 at 10:09 PM

in related news…

State’s most important witness in George Zimmerman murder case lied iend has problems telling the truth

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-zimmerman-witness-8-medical-records-20130305,0,129597.story

r keller on March 5, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Michelle Malkin went to Oberlin?! It’s a miracle she turned out the way she did. That place is like the Berkley of the corn belt.

Dongemaharu on March 5, 2013 at 10:18 PM

This frivolity is totally uncalled for.

Sure, this time it may have only been a blanket… but what if next time it’s a Snuggie?

malclave on March 5, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Oberlin seems big on how things look, not so interested in how things really are.

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.

… and the unequivocal need to exclude and disrespect anyone who disagrees with this, as an unworthy individual.

/tolerating intolerance, a sticky wicket that one is

/just tell me who I’m allowed to hate. I’m chomping at the bit to hate someone. Let me at him!

Paul-Cincy on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Blanket? Sheet? At this point what difference does it make?

Lily on March 5, 2013 at 10:33 PM

In a day where I found many things surreal, this article is by far the most surreal..

LegendHasIt on March 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

In all of these “cases” there is one constant element; The total lack of any semblance of common sense. And unfortunately that is a growing problem in the country.

Dasher on March 6, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Isn’t that what Michelle Malkin tweeted a week ago?

Lonetown on March 6, 2013 at 5:18 AM

As with most absolutist governance, fear is their friend. Keep all of those little people paranoid and they will keep looking to you for safety. Deny them the means to defend themselves and they will grant you the power to do whatever you deem necessary to keep them safe.

MJBrutus on March 6, 2013 at 6:45 AM

All these groups that are protected, ie: gays, lesbians, transgenders, latinos, blacks, etc., etc., it seems kind of strange a group dedicated to white rights gets so much vitriol.

trs on March 6, 2013 at 7:50 AM

A whole stinking pile of Meh. I coached a few games against the Yeopeople of Oberlin a long while back. Even then they were a cheap imitation of some elite pansy liberal east/west coast school. For cripes sake, you wannabes, you are in CLEVELAND! Total caricature of a place from my recollection: openly gay athletic director, guys making out in the stands, protests on every corner…was pretty tedious and laughable honestly. Get over yourselves, Oberlin – you’re not that influential.

Huckabye-Romney on March 6, 2013 at 7:50 AM

So why would they freak out over one idiot Klansman anyway? Talk about pathetic. Does everybody there wear absorbent undergarments, just in case they see one?

Ward Cleaver on March 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM

They been sniffing Bams butt too much.

kemojr on March 6, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Is wearing a blanket a normal thing at Oberlin? Or anywhere? What the hell was the person wearing a blanket for in the first place? No coat, no shoes, no brains? Good Lord!

hip shot on March 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Is wearing a blanket a normal thing at Oberlin? Or anywhere? What the hell was the person wearing a blanket for in the first place? No coat, no shoes, no brains? Good Lord!

hip shot on March 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

I’m going with walk of shame, as a previous poster brought up.

cptacek on March 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

r keller on March 5, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Hush now. Only one GZ story per quarter allowed at HA.

slickwillie2001 on March 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Panties un-bunched? Good.

mojo on March 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Perhaps the students should be allowed to form an armed militia to police the campus?

SC.Charlie on March 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM