Toxic woke extremism now comes at a high price: Oberlin College has agreed to pay Gibson’s Bakery $36.59 million for the school’s official campaign to brand the bakery racist after a black student there was caught shoplifting in 2016.
Oberlin staff distributed flyers falsely alleging the bakery had a long history of racial profiling. The Gibsons sued and jurors settled the huge price in 2019, with payment delayed by appeals from the school.
(By the way, the school president claims insurance will pay the bill, but few policies cover intentional misdeeds like that of Oberlin.)
Kudos to the Gibson family for holding on despite the hell Oberlin put on them. And so much the better for the judges and the jury for having passed this one: the three students at the heart of the fight admitted the bakery had not profiled them. And there is nothing racist about a small business wanting to deter theft.
Overview: Despite the mad rush of megacorps like Disney and elite educational institutions to cash in on The Great Awakening, reality seems to reassert itself. Americans, on the whole, do not like divisive and dishonest policies, driven by elite pretension and resentment.
Consider Governor Ron DeSantis’ removal of the special legal status Disney had long enjoyed during his efforts (urged by woke employees) against his school gender ideology bill. Disney no doubt now wishes they had avoided all the controversy.
So the elite should pay attention to Oberlin’s verdict. Shenanigans like the firing of Joshua Katz from Princeton after criticizing a faculty letter demanding special privileges for non-white professors may play well with Twitter’s base, but they hit a brick wall in the common sense of ordinary Americans. .
As Gibsons’ attorney noted after the jury spoke, the message here “is to have the gut courage to be the adult in the room” when screaming students or employees demand heads roll. .
Otherwise, other financial sanctions await us.