In more proof that the elitists of academia have indeed lost their bubble-wrapped minds, Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH has reinstated a mask mandate for their entire campus both indoors and outdoors, at all times.
The only exception to the mask rule is if a person is eating outdoors or alone.
Oberlin says the mandate will go into effect on September 27 and last until October 18, but may be extended “depending on the rate of infection identified in the arrival period.”
Oberlin says over 88% of their student body has been vaccinated, so with such drastic measures one can only imagine that they must be suffering from a pretty severe COVID outbreak. One might also feel inclined to congratulate Oberlin for their bravery in choosing to stay open in the face of the frightening spread of this contagion on their campus. If people are getting sick even with that incredibly high rate of vaccination, it must be very, very serious.
So, to recap…a grand total of 89 COVID tests have been performed on a campus of nearly 3000 people and one came back positive. One single, solitary, lonely test. One. Singular. The loneliest number in the world.
As a result, and in ignorant defiance of every piece of scientific and anecdotal data we have to date, the college has decided those who incur the least risk when it comes to COVID must pay the steepest prices…full muzzling even in the great outdoors.
It should come as no surprise that the flat-earthers at Oberlin have instituted this senseless mandate. If you recall, Oberlin is the college that recently incurred an $44 million dollar judgment after being involved in slandering a local bakery as “racists.” Their big offense? Detaining an Oberlin student whom they caught stealing wine. The student also happened to be Black.
Gibson’s was the victim of this affair twice over. The imbroglio began when a black student, accompanied by two friends, attempted to shoplift wine from the store, and the owner’s son pursued and detained him. Police arrested the students, who were charged with crimes.
Oberlin College’s Student Senate passed a resolution declaring, “Gibson’s has a history of racial profiling and discriminatory treatment of students and residents alike.”
The facts of the case were readily available, including that one of the arrested students quickly offered to plead guilty to theft (all three students eventually took pleas and made statements absolving Gibson’s of any misconduct or racial animus).
No matter. As far as Oberlin is concerned, the arc of the moral universe bends toward whatever its students are protesting at any given moment. So the school pitched in.
Its dean of students, Meredith Raimondo, formerly the special assistant to the president for diversity, equity and inclusion (of course), joined the protesters with a bullhorn. She helped distribute flyers condemning Gibson’s and calling for a boycott: “This is a RACIST establishment with a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and DISCRIMINATION.”
If I were an Oberlin parent I would seriously reconsider paying to have my child educated at an institution that doesn’t even recognize the science of COVID spread that we’ve learned so far. What other science are they ignoring?
The likelihood of ever reaching zero-COVID anywhere on Earth is low, so you can expect Oberlin to extend their mandate beyond their October deadline, considering that a single positive case is all it takes to trigger Armageddon.