Oberlin College canceled classes on Monday and gathered students for what campus officials called a “day of solidarity” after a person wearing a hood and robe that resembled a Ku Klux Klan outfit was reportedly seen near the college’s Afrikan Heritage House. The incident was the latest in a “series of other hate-related incidents on campus,” according to a message from Oberlin’s president, Marvin Krislov, that was also signed by three of the college’s deans.
Those events, Oberlin’s leaders wrote, “precipitated our decision to suspend formal classes and all nonessential 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.”
The Oberlin Review, the college’s student newspaper, has documented reports of racist incidents that have disturbed the campus in the last month. An Oberlin spokesman told The New York Times that those incidents “have made people uneasy and say we need to come together and discuss this.”
Oberlin’s leaders wrote that they hoped Monday’s events would allow the campus “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.”
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