I doubt it is possible to find a more apropos example of entrenched ideology justifying falsehood. Legal Insurrection has the whole story outline.
“Real” but part of a “hoax” about which Oberlin never told students.
(Via Legal Insurrection) I just received an email from Scott Wargo, press spokesman for Oberlin:
I would like to direct you to a statement the college has issued. You will find the statement posted online at http://news.oberlin.edu/articles/oberlin-college-statement-bias-incidents/#.UhjRJM2S6mc
The president has no additional information or comment.
The statement does not deny that the student perpetrators did these actions as a “prank” or “hoax” but states that “actions were real” and inflicted real pain on students. As discussed in the post earlier this morning, this does not resolve the real issue, which is that the Oberlin administration knew there was no real bias behind the actions, but let students think there was, How could Oberlin be so cruel as to play along with the racism hoax?