The Oberlin Review

Oberlin in Late ’60s, Early ’70s Leaves Lessons for Today

Oberlin in Late ’60s, Early ’70s Leaves Lessons for Today

November 8, 2019

 Editor’s note: This column is part of a series that will focus on Oberlin’s history as a town and an institution. The series will be published regularly throughout the fall semester. Over the course of just a couple weeks in the spring of 1970, Oberlin students heralded the first Earth Day with a series of campus speakers and workshops, held an anti-war protest following a national address by President Richard Nixon, and mourned the traumatic deaths of four Kent State University students at ...

NFL Protest Debates Distract from Purpose

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies

September 7, 2018

To the Editors: Last week, America paid tribute to Aretha Franklin and John McCain, who both strove to make America greater than ever by unceasingly underscoring the need for us to embrace differences and engage with those whose views differ from our own. We are one people, one nation, and one world, in spite of the fights we may have on any given day. This Thursday, a new National Football League season starts. Many players want to bring an end to police brutality against blacks, and last year many did not stand for our National Anthem as a sign of protesting this violence. They have a right to do as they please, but there are consequences. One has been that their action has taken most of the attention off their go...

Students Should Prioritize Anti-War Activism

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer

April 14, 2017

President Donald Trump authorized an airstrike against a Syrian airfield in rebel-held town Khan Sheikhoun on April 6, resulting in more than 80 deaths. The strike came in response to a chemical attack two days prior by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As images and videos from the attack circulated, Trump explained his choice to retaliate against Assad by saying, “Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.” Judging by the positive response to the strike from across the political spectrum, it would seem as if Trump suddenly found his moral compass and is now ready to act presidentially. This apparently means bombing the countries and...

Student Activism Intimidating, Not Oppressive

Ryan Murphy

March 13, 2015

In the Feb. 13 issue of The Oberlin Review, contributing writer James Tanford wrote an op-ed titled “Student Hypocrisy Part of Problem, Contributes to Injustice” on his problems with student activism. Before reading the op-ed, we hoped to find a criticism of the number of white bodies in activist spaces on this campus, or maybe the blatant cissexism that so often occurs in “feminist” organizing. Instead, we found a piece describing the thoughts of a cisgender white man who is made to feel “ostracized” and “irked” by those involved in social justice circles on campus. Never once does the author of this piece consider that people of color are ostracized, either through microaggressions or obvious exclus...

Oberlin, Be That Safe Haven Again for Black Students

Carolyn (Cunningham) Ash, OC '91 and Cornelius Graves, OC '14

February 6, 2015

To the Editors: This year represents 180 years of black students at Oberlin. As African-American alumni, we carry that distinction in our hearts and minds every day. We are proud “descendants,” for example, of George B. Vashon, OC 1844, Oberlin’s first black graduate. We are also descendants of our shero Mary Jane Patterson, the first black woman to receive a B.A. degree when she graduated from Oberlin in 1862. However, after reading a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Professor of History Steven Volk, we found ourselves asking the question, “Do we need to remind Oberlin of its historic commitment to black students and the struggle for social justice?” In his Jan. 8 article, “A S...

College Must Uphold Academic Excellence

Moeketsi Mosola, OC '91

February 6, 2015

To the Editors: At Oberlin, we learn and we labor. I graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in May 1993. I was a double major in Neuroscience and Human Bio-Psychology, and I was a member of the Oberlin Yeomen soccer team from 1991– 1993 and played for the first team. I was the chairman of the Coalition against Apartheid and White Supremacy with Moshe Thomas, OC ’93, Nducu Wa Ngugi, OC ’94, and Julie Chambers, OC ’93. I was an active member of ABUSUA, a black student movement on campus. I became an editor of the ABUSUA newsletter for two years with Amanda Beth Zola-Mosola, OC ’92. I was involved in the annual Kuumba Celebrations, ably put together by our leader, Sister Athena Moore, OC ’93. While...

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Students Protest Systemic Racism, Police Violence

Madeline Stocker, News Editor

December 5, 2014

Oberlin students, faculty and staff came together this week to organize and execute a variety of protests, demonstrations and actions that highlighted what they identify as the College’s complicity in the systemic oppression of people of color. While these protests were not the only actions that took place this week, they were among the more heavily-attended demonstrations. Students Challenge Board of Trustees Over 100 students occupied the Board of Trustees forum in Stevenson Dining Hall on Thursday, crowding along the walls and dispersing themselves throughout the space in order to ensure that their voices would be heard. “I look at the disdain in your faces, and I can see that you don’t res...

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