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Oberlin College and Spring Arbor University participants of the “Bridging the Gap” Winter Term project in front of the state Capitol in Lansing, MI before they met with elected officials to discuss prison reform.

“Bridging the Gap” Encouraged Dialogue Across Campuses

February 28, 2020

Oberlin College is no stranger to critiques of our political leftism. In an effort to reach across the aisle and encourage dialogue across difference, the Winter Term project “Bridging the Gap: Dialogue Across Campus in a Time of Political Polarization” brought together a group of 10 Oberlin students and five students from Spring Arbor University, a conservative Christian school in Michigan. Progressive philanthropist Simon Greer led the group, teaching the students dialogue techniques like active...

Conservative Rural Stereotype Diverts Attention from Urban, Liberal Racism

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor

May 1, 2015

“White people are racist. Not all of them. But white culture is. Our white country is. Our nation is. Our American culture is full of white supremacy. We live in a white supremacist culture that caters to white people, [where everything from] the media to education to art to culture to politics is white-washed. What is not white-washed? ... This country was built for white people.” You might expect the above quote to have come from an article on the basics of white supremacy from the blog Black Girl Dangerous, or from a short on the Baltimore uprising from The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central. So the face of white, middle-aged, self-described “fat redneck” Dixon White, staring out from an Apr...

Liberal Professors Promote Anti-Right Propaganda

Wayne Lela, Concerned citizen

April 24, 2015

To the Editors: The controversy surrounding the appearance by speaker Christina Hoff Sommers brought to mind a relatively old (1991) quote from a well-known liberal attorney, author and professor named Alan Dershowitz, who back then was so disturbed by the lack of respect for free speech in certain liberal circles he’s on record as saying: “Political correctness is the most serious issue on college campuses. We are tolerating, and teaching, intolerance and hypocrisy” ( James Warren, “Drawing Laughs,” Chicago Tribune, April 14, 1991). Things didn’t change much from 1991 by 2005. Indeed, the intolerance of the ever-so-trendy “politically correct” crowd just seemed to have gotten worse (power may ha...

Fervent Progressivism Blocks Other Views

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer

February 20, 2015

The Oberlin College community is almost notorious for its open embrace of views that lie largely outside the mainstream American political culture. Students are known as extremely accepting of people and opinions that would be ostracized elsewhere, giving Oberlin a reputation of “open-mindedness.” But unfortunately for a minority of students on campus, the “open-mindedness” of the community goes only one way: toward a rejection of unpopular views in favor of unwavering adherence to the political left. This was something that attracted me to Oberlin — coming from a community almost as well known for its conservatism as Oberlin is for its liberalism, I looked forward to finally being around people who agreed...

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