Black Lives Matter may be popular with progressive media, but not with every day Americans.
Gibson’s Bakery in Oberlin, Ohio, has been in business since 1885.
It sells a variety of baked goods along with wine and other foods.
On November 9, 2016, Gibson’s employees noticed what they thought was a person shoplifting two bottles of wine hidden in his jacket. That alleged shoplifter was a black Oberlin College student. When they attempted to stop and photograph him, they were attacked by several other people accompanying the student.
What could have been a simple shoplifting incident and arrest created a firestorm when Oberlin College students, including the Black Student Union, Student Senate and College Democrats, alleged racial profiling and launched a boycott of Gibson’s. Protests were launched outside the bakery
This could have been a case of mob rule destroying a business. But instead, the community rallied around Gibson’s. A cash mob is helping boost an Oberlin bakery’s bottom line.
Gibson’s Bakery hopes it will make up for lost business after several days of protests.
“I knew several days ago when the protests were going on that there would be counter protests,” said Oberlin resident Tony Wilgus.
This week’s demonstrations calling for a boycott started after store employees confronted and fought with an alleged shoplifter who is accused of trying to steal two bottles of wine. Police say that suspect, 19-year-old Jonathan Aladin claims he was racially profiled which sparked the protests.