Ohio Supreme Court awards bakery $36 million over racism accusations

The state Supreme Court in Ohio has declined to hear an appeal by Oberlin College in a case brought by Gibson’s Bakery, which was accused of racism by the college in 2016. 

The case stemmed from an incident in which a Gibson’s employee confronted some Oberlin College students who were trying to steal two bottles of wine. A tussle resulted, and all three students later pleaded guilty to the crime and other various charges.

Student groups and the dean of the college accused the bakery of racism over the incident and spearheaded a boycott as it unfolded. Oberlin then severed its ties with Gibson’s.

When the students pleaded guilty in 2017, they made statements saying the bakery was not racist, but Oberlin’s ill-treatment of Gibson’s continued. The college president praised protesters who were insisting on a continued boycott, rather than back off from the allegations of racism.

No racism involved

A lower court awarded the bakery $36 million over the incident, which ruined Gibson’s reputation in the community.

Multiple lower courts affirmed the ruling and found no racism was involved in Gibson’s employee’s actions or the owners’ behavior toward the college or its students.

With the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the appeal, Gibson’s should be able to collect the $36 million from the college. It is highly unlikely that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear any further appeal in the case, since it wasn’t a federal one.

“On behalf of the Gibson family and the trial team, truth still matters, David can still overcome Goliath,” the family and their lawyers said in a statement.

“Challenging”

Oberlin College expressed disappointment in the Supreme Court of Ohio’s actions.

“The issues raised by this case have been challenging, not only for the parties involved, but for the entire Oberlin community,” the college said.

“We remain committed to strengthening the partnership between the College, the City of Oberlin and its residents, and the downtown business community. We will continue in that important work while remaining focused on our core educational mission,” it continued.

It’s about time a left-wing institution was made to pay up for its efforts to brand everything and everyone they don’t like “racist.”

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