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A New Victim in the War on Small-Biz Bakeries

It is not enough for family-owned pastry shops to bow to the gay marriage mob. Now, they’re being targeted by the social justice mafia.

At my alma mater, radical Oberlin College in Ohio (which boasts hapless Baltimore mayor and rioters’ champion Stephanie Rawlings Blake and bizarro feminist actress and fake rape accuser Lena Dunham as graduates), the operators of a small-business bakery are under siege by vengeful students and administrators trying to crush them under the wheels of the race-baiters’ bandwagon. The true victim in this latest tale of political correctness run amok is Gibson’s Bakery — a quaint shop founded in 1885 that still bakes all its goods using original recipes.

On Nov. 9, according to the city police report I obtained, shop employee Allyn Gibson caught a 19-year-old Oberlin College student allegedly stealing two bottles of wine and hiding them under his shirt. As officers approached the area, Oberlin Police Sgt. (Victor) Ortiz, and Officer (Raymond) Feuerstein both stated they observed Gibson lying on his back with several individuals kneeling over him punching and kicking him with several other individuals in the immediate area. Officers attempted to gain control of the situation and were met several times with resistance from several different individuals.”

Allyn Gibson attempted to stop the alleged thief, Jonathan Aladin, from leaving the store and tried to take a photo him as he bolted. Gibson got whacked in the face with his own phone. Aladin then reportedly ran while throwing the two bottles of wine on the floor, becoming “violent” and “grabbing and hitting Allyn.” Aladin ran out with two females who were with him in the store. Gibson followed and tried to detain the alleged shoplifter again on the street.

Gibson’s right as a shop employee to detain a suspected thief with probable cause until police arrive is protected under Ohio statute. As the females punched and kicked him, police officers who had arrived on scene during the beating wrote:

“Allyn had several abrasions and minor injuries including what appeared to be a swollen lip, abrasions to his arms and wrists and a small cut on his neck.”

Aladin was charged with robbery and inflicting harm and faces a court hearing in the case this week. The two females, Endia Lawrence and Cecelia Whettstone, were charged with assault.

You can guess what happened next. Aladin, who is black, became the new poster boy of institutional racism and oppression. Students organized protests and shrieked about “racial profiling,” claiming that the bakery had a history of discriminating against customers “of color.”

It gets worse. Leading the charge in the latest War on Small-Biz Bakeries is the Oberlin College dean of students, Meredith Raimondo, who joined the baying mob in bullying the Gibson family. She disseminated flyers libelously asserting that Gibson’s is a “racist establishment with a long account of racial profiling and discrimination.” Convicted in the crazy Oberlin College court of public opinion, the school refused to renew its longstanding daily order of donuts and bagels. For a small business with razor-thin margins, losing that order could be devastating.

Never mind that the “racism” charge is a brazen lie. As the police department pointed out, since 2011, there had been four robberies at the store including Aladin, “and he was the only black person. There were 40 adults arrested for shoplifting in five years, and 32 were white. There were six adult black suspects arrested and two Asians, and 33 of the 40 were college students.”

And never mind that Trey James, a Gibson’s employee who is himself black, bluntly told the student newspaper that race had nothing to do with the incident. “If you’re caught shoplifting, you’re going to end up getting arrested,” he told the Oberlin Review. “When you steal from the store, it doesn’t matter what color you are. You can be purple, blue, green, if you steal, you get caught, you get arrested.”

Never mind, either, that Oberlin is ground zero in fake hate crime claims — from the notorious 2013 sighting of a “KKK robe-wearing” menace on campus who turned out to be a female student wearing a blanket to Lena Dunham’s disgraceful attempt to blame a college Republican for sexually assaulting her. She retracted the story after blogger John Nolte and others in new media exposed the hoax.

Back in the 1990s, Asian-American students claimed that a phantom racist had spray-painted anti-Asian racial epithets on a campus landmark rock. It turned out that it was a warped Asian-American student who perpetrated the dirty deed. During my time there, a black student accused the elder Mr. Gibson of racism after he told the student she was not allowed to sit at an outside table because she hadn’t purchased any items from his store.

Ohio talk radio host Bob Frantz, who has rallied sane, decent and hard-working members of the community to support the Gibson family, told me a Facebook page supporting the bakery had been censored by Facebook. (No surprise: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a fervent, damn-the-facts supporter of Black Lives Matter.)

It is time for real justice to prevail over truth-sabotaging, violence-stoking, thug-coddling social justice. If you are not actively fighting the mob, you’re enabling it.


Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin is an American conservative blogger, political commentator, and author. She is host of "Michelle Malkin Investigates" on and her weekly syndicated column appears in a number of newspapers and websites.


  • xoxozo

    Why anyone uses Facebook is beyond me…(F)Zuckerberg is bordering on Communism with HIS censoring comments that go against his ideology while allowing terrorist comments to remain borders on SEDITION IMO.

    PLEASE some smart youngster out there…START another company to compete with it

    • maxx

      Same goes for Google, the most invasive company in the world and Jeff Bezos of Amazon. They all take their marching orders from the prime weasel Bill Gates who is joined at the hip with the moron Michael Bloomberg. SUBVERSIVES ALL!!

      • xoxozo

        THEY are all looking for top positions in the One World Gov’t to be run by the Progressive ELITES.

  • R Mac

    Time for the Moral Majority to rise up and speak out and support the community of decent hardworking people and businesses. If Facebook won’t accept it then it’s time to switch to other forms of electronic communications, maybe Twitter and Tweeter would be better options, to get the word out.

    • Joseph C Moore USN Ret

      Never mind that posting on facebook is adolescent, narcissistic like taking “selfies”. Cancel your account because the twerpish Mark Zuckerberg has made a fortune with his lack of reality racist pandering. Do not support him!

    • Jerryb53

      Does Facebook have a corporate office?

    • maxx

      The non student citizens of the town where the college is located should organize and show some spine by supporting the bakery like was done when the Chick Fila organization head stood up for Christianity and was demonized by the liberal jackasses that infect our society.

  • chilitom

    You are an alumni? Why would you send that failed institution, that hoople house, a dime? Why would anyone ever hire a graduate from there? Is the place accredited? Work on changing that! Has it any public contracts. like with the state or the fed? Work on deleting that! Work on deleting any public or alumni money from the place.

  • Jarhead

    The problem is that some folks in business DON’T UNDERSTAND BUSINESS….
    case in point: all of the bakery problems could/should have been eliminated by merely raising the CUSTOM PRICE. And the con-artist(s) would have gone away……..
    BUT if they agreed to the price & paid in advance (cash) all the baker had to do is Farm It Out…….donate profit to charity or church or homeless veterans.
    No shysters hired, no crooked Judges paid off, no lost time from family/friends/business…….everybody is HAPPY!

    • Michael Noone


      • Jarhead

        What is the question?? If your in a CUSTOM producing business, you set the price, if you don’t want to do that custom work you price it higher ………con-artist must then decide on paying that price or going elsewhere……if the crooks stay the baker merely FARMS OUT to another producer & donates the profit to church or charity.
        No shysters, no crooked Judges, no loss of time away from business/family/friends/church……everybody WINS!

  • Roachkiller

    There is a conservation alternative to facebook. It is called the Tea Party Community.

  • Out In Right Field

    I want to know – how “longstanding” was Oberlin’s daily order of bagels and donuts? Gibson’s has been in business for 131 years. With this incident the school suddenly realizes the shop is “a racist establishment with a long account of racial profiling and discrimination”? The injustice had been going on under the nose of this prestigious institution, the oldest coeducational liberal arts school in the country. Blissfully unaware, they went right on buying yummy pastries from Gibson’s until their eyes were opened by the brutal attack on Jonathon Aladin. For no reason other than he is black. If a white guy had tucked two bottles of wine in his shirt without paying, the employees would have smiled, bid him good day and let him leave the store in peace. Riiiiiight.

    Even the police report is nuts. How do you kick someone while you’re kneeling over him?

    • maxx

      Sounds all too familiar. Isn’t the theft of cigars from a store by Michael Brown in Ferguson what started his problem? Evidently black people are supposed to be allowed to steal other peoples property “because they are black”. That sounds “racist” to me. One solution is for stores to employ dogs for security purposes. That way no white people will be involved in catching the thief. Of course the presence of the dog with appropriate warning signs posted will keep the blacks guys out.

      • Out In Right Field

        Libs have gone so loony they’d find a way to accuse the guard dogs of being racist.

  • Michael Noone

    Please, please try this at my establishment. I have some new num-chucks I’m dying to try out!

    • maxx

      You’re still at risk if you are white. You are just supposed to let them steal from you and forget about it. After all their great great great grandparent may have been a slave and they feel offended by something.

  • Jarhead

    NOTE: Pricing your work correctly forces the con-artists to go away. Should they agree and pay cash up front……….JUST Farm-It-Out…..problem solved….business saved…..

    • maxx

      A 150 pound guard dog roaming free in the store and the owners ability to lock the front door remotely would solve the problem too. I have a solid black German Shepherd trained so well he will allow you to enter my house, empty my fridge and drink my Scotch without interference. However, when you head for the door he stands in front of the door and exposes his mouthful of pearly whites, and he is not smiling at you.

  • James

    Aladin should have just rubbed his magic lamp and told his genie to get him wine, a whole case of it, in fact.

  • Jerryb53

    Does Facebook have a corporate office in America??

  • Countrysunrise

    I feel badly for the bakery, and wish that they were closer to where I live. Same with the College, which should be picketed. As for the bakery, the best way to solve this problem would be to take the items that are most likely to be stolen, and put them behind the counter, so the customer would have to ask for them, if they really are interested in purchasing them. It’s a pain in the butt for the owners, but it’s one way to cut down on shoplifting. Another way would be to only allow a certain number of college kids in the store at a time. Post a sign on the door. It’s your store- your rules!!