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Today's problems not first hate activity at Oberlin College


Brad Dicken and Chelsea Miller, The Chronicle-Telegram

OBERLIN — Even before someone reported seeing a person dressed in the white hood and robe of the Ku Klux Klan this morning, Oberlin College has been dealing with bigots on campus.

Discussions at the first of several anti-prejudice events today at the college, which has canceled classes, centered on graffiti that appeared on campus last month and included anti-black and anti-gay slurs.

In one instance, posters promoting Black History were marred with slurs and drawings of swastikas.

A listing of some of the hate speech was posted on The Oberlin Review’s website and included an incident in which the words “Whites Only” were written above a water fountain. Other slurs and swastikas have appeared throughout college buildings as well, according to The Review’s list.

The inappropriate comments haven’t been just confined to the physical college grounds. Someone calling themselves Adolf Krislov on Twitter has posted a string of hate-filled posts attacking blacks, gays and the college’s liberal reputation.

The Twitter page contains a photo with Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov’s face superimposed over what appears to have originally been a photo of Superman removing his suit to reveal his costume. The classic “S” logo has been replaced with a swastika and a Nazi hat has been placed on Krislov’s head.

The poster denies involvement in the recent spat of hate speech on the campus.

“BTW I have nothing to do with the recent hate-messages and things of that nature. We share most all values,” the Adolf Krislov poster wrote on Feb. 12.

Racist graffiti is nothing new at Oberlin College. A similar problem occurred in 2011 when white power slogans and swastikas were written or carved on campus.

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