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Racial episodes shake Ohio's Oberlin college

Tuesday - 3/5/2013, 4:40pm  ET

OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Classes have resumed at Oberlin College in Ohio. But some students are still uneasy about the racially-offensive graffiti that was found there recently -- and yesterday'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."

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128-a-11-(Jonah Glassgold, student, Oberlin College, in interview)-"kind of disappointing"-Jonah Glassgold says racism has no place on campus. COURTESY WEWS-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (5 Mar 2013)

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127-a-13-(Miguel Amaguana (ah-mah-WAHN'-yah), student, Oberlin College, in interview)-"on walls, swastikas"-Miguel Amaguana says someone has been scrawling racial slurs across their very liberal campus. COURTESY WEWS-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (5 Mar 2013)

<> 00:13 "on walls, swastikas"

APPHOTO NYET118: FILE - This Feb. 2, 2013 file photo shows Lena Dunham at the 65th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles. Dunham is urging her fellow "Obies" to stick together as her alma mater in Ohio wrestles with reports of racism. The creator and star of HBO's "Girls" wrote on her Twitter account Monday, March 4, after learning about racist graffiti at famously liberal Oberlin College. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file) (2 Feb 2013)


APPHOTO OHTD108: Downtown Oberlin, Ohio is shown Tuesday, March 5, 2013. A series of hate-related incidents, including a report of someone wearing what looked like a Ku Klux Klan hooded robe, has shaken students at Oberlin College, one of the nation's first universities to admit blacks. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (5 Mar 2013)


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