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5. Gibson's suspects plead guilty; store sues Oberlin College

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    Ethlyn Kennedy shows her support outside Gibson’s Bakery. A group called Totally Engaged Americans of Lorain County gathered at the Oberlin business Wednesday morning.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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    Gibson's bakery is shown on Friday, Nov. 10.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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Although Jonathan Aladin’s arrest for trying to steal wine from Gibson’s Bakery in Oberlin and the resulting protests happened in November 2016, the fallout from the incident continued to reverberate this year.

A struggle ensued when Aladin was confronted by Allyn Gibson, a son of the store’s owner. Gibson chased the student outside and across the street to Tappan Square where two other students began kicking and punching Gibson on the ground.

Days of protests outside the bakery followed with some at Oberlin College calling the bakery racist because the students are black and Allyn Gibson is white.

In August the students pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and read statements saying Gibson’s actions were not racially motivated, but the owners of the bakery said by that point the damage to its reputation had already hurt its sales.

The bakery has since sued the college, which responded by challenging how Gibson’s handled the incident and suspending its business relationship with the store.



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