Every few months it seems there is some outrageous incident of phantom racism on a college campus that is reminiscent of Reconstruction era terrorism. Nooses hanging in trees or on someone’s office door, racist graffiti, threats and swastikas. As if caught in a poorly directed liberal fantasy version of Groundhog Day, the mainstream media will fall on their fainting couches right on cue, then gleefully drag themselves off to indignantly lecture America that we need another self-flagellating ‘conversation on race.’ A few months later they will quietly admit, ‘Oh, never mind it was another cute little progressive trying to raise awareness, but we still need a conversation on race by golly.’
Assuming for a moment that the media does not want to be fooled by these moronic hoaxes here is a hint’ If a student claims to see someone walking around campus in a white KKK robe or something equally as preposterous, it is probably a hoax.’
Legal Insurrection has a breakdown of the Oberlin hoax as well as the media reaction:
A massive racism hoax took place at Oberlin College in February 2013 in which two students made seemingly racist, anti-Semitic and other such posters, graffiti and emails for the purpose of getting a reaction on campus, not because they believed the hostile messages. At least one of the two was an Obama supporter with strong progressive, anti-racist politics.
School officials and local police knew the identity of the culprits, who were responsible for most if not all of such incidents on campus, yet remained silent as the campus reacted as if the incidents were real. National media attention focused on campus racism at Oberlin for weeks without knowing it was a hoax.
The hoax was confirmed when Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller recently obtained police records. Now it’s out in the open. Here is the history of how the hoax developed, played out in the media, and was covered up by the Oberlin administration.
The “hate” incidents cause campus and the media to erupt in protest
During February 2013 into early March, there were racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic postings on an Oberlin message board and in graffiti and signs around campus.
The issues burst onto the national media scene when a student claimed to see someone walking in a Klan robe late at night.
It turned out that the Klan sighting at Oberlin likely was just a woman wrapped in a blanket, but no matter, Oberlin erupted in protest and classes were cancelled to [sic] that on campus solidarity rallies could be held.
Click over to read how Oberlin called the FBI even after they secretly knew it was a hoax. Also media like Melissa “Tampon Ears” Harris-Perry’s hysterical reaction and Lena Dunham (or whatever her name is) hand-wringing tweets.