Oberlin classes resume, actress Lena Dunham tweets about incident

4:08 PM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
Actress and 'Girls' creator Lena Dunham. Photo by Robyn Beck, AFP / Getty Images.
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OBERLIN, Ohio -- As classes resumed at Oberlin College, some students are still uneasy about the racially-offensive graffiti that was found there recently along with Monday's report of someone wearing what looked like a Klan-type hooded robe on campus.

Students at the historically liberal school -- one of the first universities in the United States to admit blacks -- marched on campus yesterday and met with professors to talk about mutual respect.

One black student from Georgia says she feels "uncomfortable walking alone anywhere" after the incidents. She says she became upset after hearing a few white students suggest that the racist graffiti that was found a month ago -- and the anti-Semitic and racist fliers that were left around campus since then -- were just a prank to get out of classes.

Oberlin began admitting blacks nearly 180 years ago. It remains a liberal oasis in the middle of northern Ohio, surrounded by conservative farming towns and rust belt cities.

Notable recent alumni include Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO series "Girls." In a tweet yesterday, she urged students to remember the school's "inclusive" history, and to "protect each other."

The creator and star of HBO's "Girls" wrote on her Twitter account Monday after learning about racist graffiti at famously liberal Oberlin College.

Dunham tweeted: "Hey Obies, remember the beautiful, inclusive and downright revolutionary history of the place you call home. Protect each other."

"Girls" features several characters who met while attending Oberlin.

Associated Press

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