Who Stands with Oberlin?

I finally found out who’s defending Oberlin and is openly standing with a mega-rich giant against a small group of workers.

It’s AAUP. I’m sure the linked author is convinced that this article is his contribution to promoting radical, revolutionary change. Remember, today’s leftism always stands with the corporation and against workers.

19 thoughts on “Who Stands with Oberlin?”

  1. Remember, today’s leftism always stands with the corporation and against workers.
    Inane formulation. At worst it’s a corporation versus a corporation.

    Regardless of the college’s actions the bakery owners sued the college was because they have the pocketbook (and presumably the endowment) and the students arrested for shoplifting and those who were involved in the protests do not. That’s it. You can’t get blood from a stone.
    So your union is not a member of or affiliated with the AAUP-CBC? Are you even still a member of your union?
    Judging from the Yelp reviews their quality of service and goods was slipping before the protests. (I’m discounting the “Yay, stuck it to the liburels/”Evil racists1111!” reviews.) In these tiny ass towns, businesses can be complacent because they feel like they can count on a relatively “captive” population that often doesn’t have a whole lot of drivers or transportation options. Coffee shops kept dying in my small college town and the only couple of restaurants were…shite. The Kroger’s… holy hell they had the worst produce section. Couldn’t get a decent apple to save your life but if you wanted to sprinkle MSG on your food? I suspect the town of Oberlin is much the same.

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    1. I’m not sure what point you are making. That rich spoiled snowflakes who tried to steal and then beat up and old man are in the right because the old man’s coffee wasn’t amazing? That accusing people of racism and trying to drive them out of business is a good thing to do? That a tiny family bakery that makes $37,000 a year and had to lay off almost all of its handful of workers is a corporation on the level with Oberlin?

      What Yelp reviews have to do with any of it is an absolute mystery. Is this some sort of a consumer revolt where rich patrons destroy a business with lies because the pastry isn’t to their sky-high standards?

      As for whether I’m a union member, we don’t get a choice. Everybody pays dues once unionization takes place. You can’t opt out. I wasn’t planning to but the question presumes a reality that doesn’t exist.

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    2. ” the bakery owners sued the college was because they have the pocketbook”

      And the college did the most damage (in the form of its administrators especially Raimondo) in a purposeful campaign to actively destroy the livelihood of the bakery’s owners (and employees).
      Had the administration maintained a hands off policy toward the demonstrations (and administrators who attended protests simply observed in silence) then the bakery would not have a case. The administrators actively went that extra mile to harm the bakery. The judgement is well deserved and I only regret that the 33 million will likely be reduced to 22.
      And the university is still playing passive aggressive victim by doubling down on its tone deaf hostility toward the small business.

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  2. What Yelp reviews have to do with any of it is an absolute mystery
    It implies that not all of the bakery’s business woes have to do with the hurt feelings of “snowflakes.” And people complaining about “expired food” and “rudeness” isn’t some sky high standard. I’m sorry.

    This old review claims that they are one of the largest landowners in town. I wonder if that that’s true, and if so, if it’s still the case.

    I just don’t think it’s as simple or as satisfying as “wicked college” versus “racist bakers”

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    1. ” one of the largest landowners in town. I wonder if that that’s true”

      Presumably if that were true then the Oberlin attorneys wouldn’t have been so tone deaf in talking smack about how the business was worth less than a year’s tuition…

      On the other hand… this gives me a wonderful idea. wouldn’t it have been great if Gordon Ramsey visited them for a Kitchen Nightmares?

      “They’re protesting because your pastry’s shite!”

      “They’re stealing wine to wash out the nasty taste of those stale-assed cupcakes out of their mouths!”

      I can just see him joining the crowd with a megaphone “You’ve lost your love of baking! You need to get it back!”

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    2. I very sincerely still not get it. If I hit a person in the face and break his teeth, using his dental records to demonstrate that his teeth weren’t great to begin with is a weird thing to do.

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      1. “If I hit a person in the face and break his teeth, using his dental records to demonstrate that his teeth weren’t great to begin with is a weird thing to do.”

        Excellent point, Clarissa!!!!

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      2. // If I hit a person in the face and break his teeth, using his dental records to demonstrate that his teeth weren’t great to begin with is a weird thing to do.

        In a literal case like this, it may be a great defense.

        “Your Honor, I barely hit him, but his teeth were “kept on snot” (Russian expression) anyway, so they fell out with the faintest blowing of the wind, so to speak. How could I have known, he was that sick dentally? I was not as violent as the jury might’ve thought otherwise”

        “Your Honor, should I pay $ 4000 for those teeth that were worth $ 400 at the most?!”

        “Your Honor,but … but he had only 3 teeth to begin with and they were with holes to begin with!!!”

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        1. It used to be a defense against accusations of rape. But she wasn’t a virgin! But she had sex with many people already, so what’s one more!

          In law school, people are given this question. If a man jumps out of the 40th floor window and as he’s falling down you shoot him dead, are you guilty of murder?

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  3. A funny post (That’s why I stopped reading “Master and Margarita” several years ago, because of understanding I don’t get the references and thus don’t get this artistic work. Interesting whether today’s Russians understand much more when they’re taught this novel at school):

    Иностранцы read “Master and Margarita” and критикуют «Понедельник начинается в субботу»
    https://dandorfman.livejournal.com/1864935.html

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    1. According to this logic, my students should have hated reading Don Quijote. But they loved it.

      My entire professional life makes no sense if we accept this approach.

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      1. \ According to this logic, my students should have hated reading Don Quijote. But they loved it.

        I disagree since your professional life entails making students acquainted with Spanish culture and history, with the social context. You do not simply give them Don Quijote without talking about its genre, why it was and is important, and so on.

        Reading a book without being prepared and understanding one misses practically everything is light years away from learning in class and by oneself in order to be prepared to understand a complex literary work.

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        1. The hardest thing about teaching Don Quijote is getting through the idea that even though the author says some things that are insensitive by our standards, he’s not an evildoer who has to be rejected out of hand. He’s very social-justicey by the standards of 1605 but definitely not social-justicey enough by ours.

          And the most successful part of the course was when I presented a queer reading of The Curious Impertinent (one of the many stories within a story.) Students loved that one.

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