Any slight, real or imagined, that raises the ire of the fascist Left means your reputation or your family’s livelihood can be on the line.
It’s a story that’s become sadly all too common in recent years.
Now a local bakery has fought back – and won – after being wrongfully targeted by a woke mob.
Gibson’s Bakery is a family-run business that has been in operation for 135 years near Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.
According to a report by the Washington Examiner, the bakery owner’s son confronted three black Oberlin students who were stealing wine from the store in 2016.
They students were arrested and eventually admitted to shoplifting, but first, they claimed they were racially profiled.
Because the incident happened at a business adjacent to a college and colleges are crazy, this naturally led to protests organized by Oberlin College where the bakery was accused of racism.
Meredith Raimondo, Vice President and Dean of Students, was a primary instigator of the slander as she passed out flyers that said (without evidence) that the bakery is a “racist establishment with a long account of racial profiling and discrimination.”
In 2017, Gibson’s Bakery sued Raimondo and Oberlin College for “slander, accusing faculty members of encouraging demonstrations against the bakery by suspending classes, distributing flyers, and supplying protesters with free food and drink.”
Perhaps twenty years ago it would have been reasonable to use the word “incredibly” when describing the responsible party for stirring up a mob – but in a sad commentary on the reality of campus life, such a descriptor is no longer appropriate.
Additionally, college tour guides were telling incoming freshmen how racist Gibson’s was, simply because shoplifters lied about shoplifting.
In 2019, a Lorain County judge awarded the bakery more than $40 million in punitive and compensatory damages, which was later reduced to $25 million plus $6 million for lawyers’ fees.
Now three judges on the Ninth District Court of Appeals have issued a 3-0 decision upholding the previous 2019 ruling.
The Gibson family lawyers said, “At trial, it was absolutely clear to the jury (as reflected by the verdict) that there was not a shred of truth in the vicious statements about the Gibsons and that the College caused the devastating harm. The truth prevailed.”
Great news and justice for the Gibsons, but perhaps the best news of all is that the $31 million award is reportedly the largest defamation verdict in Ohio history.
A marker has now been set and leftist ideologues are on notice that their insanity may well cost them dearly.
Here’s to hoping other colleges and universities take notice.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.