Posted Oct 25, 2019 at 20:00. Revised Jun 10, 2021 at 09:41.
Who is racist? Let’s face it. Everyone is — the only difference between people is how much racism there is in a particular person.
Defensive v. prejudicial racial profiling
People consciously or unconsciously profile everyone they encounter in a day’s activities. It is a self-protective measure, and the person profiled could be of the same or different race. Defensive profiling is different from prejudicial profiling because exercising caution is different from making unjust judgments.
It should be clear that at some level, like all organizations, Gibson’s Bakery must defensively profile every customer that comes through the door. There should be no surprise in this — it is survival in an imperfect world. Unfortunately, some people in Oberlin College don’t understand the difference between the two forms of profiling and see Gibson’s as practicing profiling prejudicially rather than defensively.
Oberlin’s Pavlovian dogs of racism
Unfortunately, Oberlin’s Pavlovian dogs of racism salivate and bark at every real or imagined instance of racism. These dogs often sound false alarms due to their inability to prioritize the seriousness of the situation. The dogs see destroying the Gibsons as having a higher priority than raising hell over a white cop killing an unarmed black girl in a routine traffic stop. Perhaps the girl offended the cop by mouthing off at him, but no rational police officer would kill someone only for that. The dogs do not understand that indiscriminately crying “wolf, wolf” only destroys the dogs’ credibility.
Black Lives Matter may have it figured out correctly
The Black Lives Matter organization was prominent in the demonstration after the Gibsons shoplifting incident. They seem to have disappeared, perhaps because the wiser heads in their leadership recognized that the accusations against the Gibsons were effectively bogus and that there were far higher priority racial issues on which to expend their energy. They must have sensed that the Gibsons issue was a dumb war to fight and could only blow up in their faces in the long run. See also Black Lives Matter 2020 — Traumatized By Antifa Treachery.
/s/ JD Nobody (he, him), OC ’61.
The purpose of this blog is to tell the other side of the Gibson’s Bakery, OSCA, the Kosher-Halal Co-op, and UAW stories to Oberlin Alumni lest they believe the College’s heavily redacted and whitewashed version of events. Please tell your fellow Obies how the Trustee-Politburo has damaged the College’s reputation, the worth of our degrees, the Gibsons, the college’s union workers, K-H, and the OSCA Co-op tradition. No pandemic, sleazy PR, or conflating of libel and slander with free speech can divert attention from the BOT’s negligence in these matters. Speak up and insist that the BOT arrest its compulsive, neo-Puritan righteousness, which has already eradicated either THOUSANDS of $36,000 scholarships or 225 Steinway concert grand pianos — just to wreck a tiny bakery, a cooperating union, K-H, and the OSCA Student Co-op!