Oberlin: We have made 'significant progress' investigating racial incidents

Classes resumed Tuesday after being canceled Monday because of reports of race-related incidents.

OBERLIN, Ohio — Scrawls of racially offensive graffiti and a report of someone wearing what looked like a Ku Klux Klan type of hooded robe have shaken students at historically liberal Oberlin College, one of the nation's first universities to admit blacks.

But the college said Tuesday that it has made "significant progress" investigating the incidents, USA Today reported.

The college canceled Monday's classes after the early-morning sighting of a person in a hooded robe. Classes resumed Tuesday.

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"I just really feel uncomfortable walking alone anywhere," Modjeska Pleasant, 19, a first-year student from Savannah, Ga., said Tuesday.

She said she became upset after hearing a few white students suggest that the racist graffiti first found a month ago and anti-Semitic and racist fliers and other messages left around campus since then were just a prank to get out of classes.

The college, with nearly 3,000 students, remains a liberal oasis in the middle of northern Ohio, surrounded by conservative farming towns and rust belt cities. Notable recent alumni include Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO series "Girls" — a show featuring several characters who met at Oberlin.

Dunham wrote on her Twitter account Monday that she was saddened by the hate-filled incidents.

"Hey Obies, remember the beautiful, inclusive and downright revolutionary history of the place you call home. Protect each other," she wrote.

But conservative blogger and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin blasted the school on Twitter, saying, "My crazy alma mater Oberlin College: Still manufacturing hate crimes after all these years."

On her blog, Malkin recounts an alleged hate crime hoax at the college in the 1990s involving Asian-American students. She wrote, "As soon as I read the fresh reports this week about a purported racist in a 'KKK' hood lurking on Oberlin's campus and reports of bigoted graffiti/vandalism, the fake hate crime alarm bells went off."

The college detailed some of the incidents on its website.

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Associated Press writer John Seewer and MSN contributed to this report.


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