The mystery of the racist, anti-Semitic, anti-gay attacks that temporarily shut down a small, liberal Ohio university is a mystery no more. The perpetrators aren’t KKK-loving, uber-right-wing neo-Nazis after all. They’re ardent Obama supporters. Imagine that!
Some liberals have a jaundiced view of conservatives. They imagine us as crazed, foaming-at-the-mouth, knuckle-dragging merchants of hate. And when we didn’t fit that particular image, two Oberlin College students decided to manufacture one, according to The Daily Caller.
The pair, Dylan Bleier and Matt Alden, were identified by the Oberlin Police Department as the ones who festooned the campus with virulent anti-gay, racist and anti-Semitic messages over the winter. In doing so, they created an environment of fear directed at faceless, evil conservatives among the largely liberal student body.
And the press ate it up. Michelle Malkin reported:
The Associated Press, The New York Times, MSNBC, Yahoo News and the Huffington Post were among the media outlets that trumpeted the story of supposed racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism run amok at my alma mater. Throughout the winter, anti-black and anti-gay graffiti, swastikas, and a shadowy figure in a “KKK hood” surfaced on the tiny campus outside Cleveland, Ohio. Black Entertainment Television News decried the hate outbreaks and “KKK sighting.”
Malkin was among the few who smelled a rat from the get-go, and her suspicions have turned out to be true.
The police caught them red-handed posting anti-Muslim flyers, and they soon fessed-up to their misdeeds, according to The Daily Caller. And who are they?
Bleier, the apparent ringleader, co-organized a voter registration drive for Barack Obama’s 2008 election while still a high school student. In the years since, his ardor for the president hasn’t faded. The Daily Caller noted:
On his now-defunct LinkedIn page, Bleier noted that he was the founder and president of the Ithaca High School for Obama club. He also identified himself as a member of the Oberlin College Democrats.
Bleier described himself on his Twitter account as, “atheist/pacifist/environmentalist/libertarian socialist/consequentialist.”
After the president’s remarks on the Zimmerman case, Bleier tweeted, “Zimmerman is just the tip of the iceberg, a single highly visible symptom of the racist system that is ‘succeeding’ in the US.”
Cornell University law professor William Jacobson noted in his blog, “Legal Insurrection,” that the Oberlin incident “may be the greatest race hoax since Tawana Brawley.” Brawley is an African-American woman who gained notoriety in 1987 for falsely accusing six white men of having raped her.
Watch the news coverage after classes resumed, courtesy of Fox8 News-WJW Cleveland.
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