Oberlin College in Ohio has refused to pay its $33 million in court-ordered damages to a family bakery slandered as racist.
An Ohio court ordered Oberlin College to pay Gibson’s Bakery up to $33 million in libel damages in 2019 after the university’s dean of students orchestrated a woke mob to slander the family as racists for calling the police on three black students for stealing a bottle of wine. The money was due to be paid to the bakery by April 1, but the college refused to pay it despite the fact that two of the plaintiffs are now dead.
On November 9, 2016, just one day after President Donald Trump was elected, Jonathan Aladin, a black Oberlin student, was caught stealing a bottle of wine by Allyn Gibson, a white employee of Gibson’s Bakery.
“Gibson chased Aladdin down the street and, according to testimony reported by The New York Timesput the man in a choke hold before two of the student’s friends – Endia Lawrence and Cecelia Whettstone – intervened and a fight ensued,” according to the Daily mail.
In the days that followed, students at Oberlin accused the 137-year-old company that had longstanding ties to the university of racial profiling of Aladdin. Fueling the flames was none other than the college’s dean of students, Meredith Raimondo, who handed out leaflets accusing the bakery of racist practices. At one point, Raimondo texted another college dean to say, “F**k him. I would say release the students if I wasn’t convinced it should be left behind.
Beyond Raimondo, a Student Senate resolution condemned the bakery in a campus-wide email and posted the slander in a window at the student center for more than a year. Campus officials had also ordered food vendors to suspend all food purchases from the bakery.
Even after Aladdin, Lawrence and Whettstone pleaded guilty to “charges of attempted robbery and aggravated trespassing” while admitting that Gibson’s Bakery had no racial motives, Raimondo remained employed by Oberlin College until in 2021 when she transferred to Oglethorpe College in Georgia.
Although Gibson’s Bakery had its name cleared, the damage had already been done as the bakery suffered massive financial losses in business. Running out of options, the family sued for defamation and won. Speak To post:
In 2019, Oberlin College was found guilty, largely based on evidence against Raimondo who distributed flyers during protests accusing the bakery of a long history of racial profiling and offered students up to $100 in cash. compensation for protest supplies.
In 2019, Oberlin College was convicted and ordered to pay Gibson’s Bakery $40 million in damages, which were reduced to $25 million and $6 million in legal fees.
Three years later, Oberlin still hasn’t paid the bakery even though two of the plaintiffs are now deceased: David Gibson at 65 and Allyn Gibson at 93.
Oberlin College and Raimondo had their appeals dismissed this month.
“Oberlin is obviously disappointed that the Court of Appeals upheld the judgment in its judgment. We are carefully considering the Court’s opinion as we assess our options and determine next steps,” the college told the To post.
“In the meantime, we recognize that the issues raised by this case have been difficult, not only for the parties involved in the lawsuit, but for the entire Oberlin community,” he continued. “We remain committed to strengthening the partnership between the College, the City of Oberlin and its residents, and the downtown business community. We will continue this important work while remaining focused on our core educational mission.