Seems a little Hoaxey (Update)
Update: By the way, you can tell a lot by updates at the top of the page versus updates at the bottom of the page. Steve Sailer links to a Guardian article (damn Brits out reporting us on our own turf again) in which an Oberlin police lieutenant suggested that the person who reported seeing someone in a KKK garment was “mistaken”. The paper also reports that the people responsible for previous incidents had been caught and were being dealt with. No indication was given as to whether or not those were hoaxes.
The world’s most famous Oberlin alum may have fallen for the world’s most common hoax.
Oberlin College cancelled classes today after someone wearing KKK regalia was spotted near the school’s Afrikan Heritage House. This follows on the heels of recent incidents of anti-Semitic and racist graffiti. Maybe these are legitimate cases, but there is too much of a history of hate crime hoaxes to just go pretending that there isn’t a really good chance that this is all made up. It’s funny when you think that Oberlin students and liberals in general tend to celebrate their religious ‘skepticism’.
The eyewitness claims to have seen someone dressed in the garb at about 1:30 in the morning. You figure that’s an important part of the story and would maybe cause journalists to ask questions about the legitimacy of the claim. Nah. Every major outlet has only focused on the KKK and Oberlin’s decision to cancel classes. Gawker’s Max Read runs with an update to the story that leads us to believe that the hoax will be exposed in short order:
Update: According to a person with access to the faculty mailing list, faculty members had been told—”unofficially,” (i.e., not through official channels)—that “the investigation into this incident was dropped when it was discovered that the person responsible was someone within the MRC [the Multicultural Resource Center], who would be disciplined internally”; according to conversations with other members of the Oberlin community, this appears to be a widespread, and widely-believed, rumor. (The same source, who asked to remain anonymous, claims that the MRC, whose former director, Eric Estes, is now the Dean of Students, has been criticized for the amount of
student college money it receives, and that its leadership has “had trouble justifying how many campus coordinators they have on staff.”)
Now, Gawker and the left media in general can’t really be trusted so we have no idea to what extent they checked this source’s claims. Copy of an email? A call to other faculty? Who knows. Maybe that source is a hoaxster too. Read says he has received a lot of rumors but that none are reportable. But if that email is based on fact – if this was just yet another false flag operation taking advantage of the kneejerk response mechanism of wacky liberals – then we’re seeing Oberlin College’s multiculturalists taking a page from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC also can’t fight the KKK anymore since the KKK barely exists in this country. But the SPLC does thrive partly on the belief that the KKK is still thriving in this country. Oberlin students and townies also seem to believe the same. All of these PC entities could adopt any number of tactics to make themselves useful: drumming up hate crimes, making pick-up artists seem like threats, and by increasing the net of what is considered racist to include people who don’t preach hate of any sort.