Gibson`s Bakery Wins $11.2 Million In Case Against Oberlin College & It`s Social Justice Warriors

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Gibson`s Bakery Wins $11.2 Million In Case Against Oberlin College & It`s Social Justice Warriors

An Ohio judge has awarded Gibson`s Bakery an $11.2 million judgement against Oberlin College and the Vice President Meredith Raimondo for their role in pushing accusations of racism and defaming their business. The case stems from an incident in 2016 when the day after the election, one of Gibson`s employees got into a physical altercation with 3 black Oberlin students accused of shoplifting. The students were arrested and this immediately led to accusations of racial profiling and racism against Gibson`s. Since of course students of a known progressive college (that at one time complained that serving sushi was cultural appropriation) were involved, the social justice warriors sprung in to action. Students protested for over 12 hours outside the bakery the next day accusing the bakery of racism and discrimination and fliers were passed out stating that the bakery “is a racist establishment with a long account of racial profiling and discrimination“. Aside from just student involvement, the fliers were also passed out by the college`s Vice President Meredith Raimondo and a mass email signed by Oberlin`s President as well as Raimondo stated ‘This has been a difficult few days for our community, not simply because of the events at Gibson’s Bakery, but because of the fears and concerns that many are feeling in response to the outcome of the presidential election. We write foremost to acknowledge the pain and sadness that many of you are experiencing. We want you to know that the administration, faculty, and staff are here to support you as we work through this moment together.” All 3 students later plead guilty and read statements saying that Gibson`s was not involved in any racial profiling.

Gibson`s filed the case accusing the College and Raimondo of libel, slander, interference with business relationships, intentional interference with contracts, deceptive trade practices, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring, and trespassing. A response from the college stated in part that “Colleges cannot be held liable for the independent actions of students. Employers are not legally responsible for employees who express personal views on personal time. The law is clear on these issues.” As noted, the views and actions were not done on just personal time and Raimondo and the college were accused of aiding students in the protest and boycott effort. Raimondo was also accused of “improperly interfered with a business contract between two outside parties in instructing former Bon Appétit Manager Michele Gross to cease buying from Gibson’s“. The judge sided with Gibson`s.

A statement from Attorney Owen Rarric said in part “I think part of what we did here today is answer the question as to, ‘What are we going to tolerate in our society?” “We’re hopeful that this is a sign that not only Oberlin College, but in the future, powerful institutions, will hesitate before trying to crush the little guy.” Another high profile case involving a win by the little guy happened in March, when Jack Phillips sued the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for targeted harassment. Let`s keep this trend going and fight against left wing fascism.

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