KKK Sighting at Oberlin College May Have Been a Person in a Blanket
After Oberlin College cancelled classes on Monday following a month-long series of hate speech incidents on campus that culminated in a possible Ku Klux Klan sighting at the school that morning, police are now saying that they could not find anyone wearing a KKK-style outfit on campus.
Police had been notified by a student of the sighting near the Afrikan Heritage House at approximately 1:30 AM, but were unable to locate the person. Another student has since reported seeing someone wrapped in a light-colored blanket at around the same time and place.
The possible sighting of a KKK member at Oberlin had prompted campus officials to cancel classes that day and reschedule a community rally and convocation from Thursday to that afternoon. The convocation had been organized in response to the month of vandalism incidents using hate speech geared towards black, LGBT, Jewish, and Asian students at the school, including defacement of signs advertising Black History Month with the “N-Word” and the graffitiing of swastikas.
It has been reported by the Guardian that two people have since been accused of committing the acts of vandalism.
“My understanding is that the individuals are college students and they have been identified,” said Lt. Mike McCloskey of the Oberlin, Ohio police. “They are no longer on campus. The college is dealing with it internally, and we have been working in co-operation with the college.”
Monday’s convocation and rally attracted approximately 1,200 of the school’s 2,800 students. Despite the possibility that the KKK sighting was false, Oberlin student and People for the American Way Foundation fellow Katrina Cortés believes that the event would not have been so successful if classes had been in session that day.
“Some students would not have had the time … some students would probably not have known about last night’s events without this kind of attention,” said Cortés.