When the Bagbys arrived Monday morning to see a wall vandalized by graffiti, they were distraught. Then they took a moment and looked at the message: "4 Kenny-Cancer Can't Kill Me," and they knew there was more to this story. In their blog, the Bagbys wrote, "this was bigger than us."
While the upset and distress over the month's unfortunate acts of hate speech and vandalism have obviously been immense, it is paramount to note the speed, organization, clarity of intention and inclusivity with which the Oberlin administration and student population have responded.
Citizens of a liberal state should expect (no, demand) the right to believe, say, and do what they wish, according to the dictates of their conscience. But that right ends, forcefully if necessary, when property is trespassed.
Three different incidents this month alone show us, however, that crime in museums is very easy to achieve. Elementary yet different in execution, these recent events allow us to ascertain what motivates people to commit art crimes.