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ADL Praises Oberlin College’s Response to Series of Apparent Racist and Anti-Semitic Incidents on Campus

Cleveland, Ohio, March 5, 2013… The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), outraged at the reports of a series of up to 15 hate-motivated incidents taking place on the campus of Oberlin College during Black History Month, today praised Oberlin’s response in condemning these incidents, including its decision to cancel classes on Monday and hold a community wide solidarity march and rally and convocation addressing the incidents head on.

“The campus community is meant to be a place of understanding and learning, not of intolerance and racism,” said Nina Sundell, ADL Cleveland Regional Director. “We praise the administration and faculty of Oberlin College for addressing these incidents head on, and for their decision to immediately cancel classes and convene a campus wide community event. Their actions made clear that Oberlin College is no place for hate and are a model for other campus communities when they are faced with racism and anti-Semitism.”

The campus received several reports, including a swastika found on the Science Center, Black History Month posters being defaced with racial epithets and an individual wearing a KKK-style white robe and hood on campus. Oberlin College administrators have reported that they are investigating each incident.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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