Posted Mar 1, 2020 at 19:07. Revised Jun 10, 2021 at 08:58.
JD Nobody was in Oberlin today (03/01/2020) and stopped at Gibson’s Bakery to buy one of their incredibly delicious apple fritters. On the way back to the car, he noticed a group of students proceeding onto Tappan Square, which is part of the Oberlin College Campus. They were carrying a strange-looking object.
They set the object down in the snow-covered grass and proceeded to do a ritual dance while circling it. JD went over to get a better look at what was going on but decided not to approach the group too closely. They looked harmless, but considering the fever pitch of anger over planning to dump the union, it was best to play it safe. Something about the ritual seemed eerily similar to a satanic rite.
JD did get a picture of the students, which is the featured image above. One can see the strange object in the foreground, and also the tracks in the melting snow made when dancing around it.
Students perform a strange ritual
The strange object was probably a representation of President Ambar. It appeared to be wearing a scarf on its head like the one worn by Mammy in the movie Gone With The Wind. There was kindling wood under the effigy.
JD looked back on the way to the car and saw that the pyre had been lit. The fire spewed plenty of environmentally undesirable particulate into the air and singed the grass underneath. One of the students was dressed in Oberlin College colors and appeared to be engaging in a ritual fight with the other students.
In the frenzy to support the union, the repainted boulder in front of Gibson’s Bakery now contained a message of solidarity for the union because the students view the food service workers as family.
These protesting students were less than 1% of the student body. However, they appeared to be more worked up than earlier students were when protesting Gibson’s Bakery in 2016.
Do you see the continuity?
Virtually no one in Oberlin seems inclined to see the current cost crisis as a culminating event on a long timeline. To most, it is a disconnected, discrete event that is not part of any chain of events.
By all indications, President Ambar is a stooge for a shadowy BOT that is her puppeteer. It looks like she is just a good soldier following stupid orders and is not the person originating them. The students appear to be almost clueless on this point.
The current problem with the union probably started over 30 years ago when management goaded the service employees into unionizing. Management got a union because they looked down their noses on the workers. The post elitism wrecks two organizations explains a major reason for why unions happen. Unions often happen because management deserved it.
Now, after 30 years of snowballing nonfeasance on the part of the BOT, the BOT is blaming the union for the BOT’s 30 years of keeping its head in the sand.
/s/ JD Nobody (ho, hum), OC ’61.