OBERLIN, Ohio– New details were released Wednesday concerning a series of racist fliers posted across the campus of Oberlin College.
The police report shows that the first reports on the fliers started on February 5 and continued nearly every day through February 16.
In addition to that, the school’s President Marvin Krislov released a statement earlier in the week stating that there was a report of a person wearing a hooded garment similar to a KKK robe.
“People are afraid,” said student Emily Wilkerson. “That’s the worst part; people are really afraid to walk around on campus.”
The police report shows the seriousness of the threats.
The wording is vile and menacing.
There are quotes like “the ovens are too good for you n*****”and “celebrate n***** history month.”
There are also homophobic attacks, saying it’s the “year of the q****” and “f*****” and anti-Semitic phrasing such as, the “third reich lives on.”
“I was like whoa,” said Delorean Williams who lives nearby. “Maybe I should watch my back.”
Currently the investigation’s being handled in Oberlin but the FBI office in Cleveland is monitoring the situation and reviewing all of the reports just in case there any federal charges to be filed or any civil rights violations.
Delorean Williams says it’s especially shocking that it’s happening in Oberlin which was once part of the underground railroad. “This is an important area, not just to black history but American history as well.”
Security and police patrols have been increased and an active search is on for the suspect.
In his statement, the school president stated, ”When faced with difficult situations, Oberlin has consistently met the challenges and affirmed its commitment to the highest quality of education and the noblest aspirations of its community members. We believe that…our ongoing work and discussions will strengthen Oberlin and will strengthen us all.”
The racist fliers have received national attention but students are choosing to replace the messages of hate with those of love by “soaping” hearts and kind sayings on windows across campus.
“At the end of the day we’re all Americans,” said Delorean Williams.
Anyone with information on the fliers should contact Oberlin Police.
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