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Berkeley Bake Sale Mocks Affirmative Action

From an apoplectic CNN:

Controversy erupts over Campus Republicans bake sale plans

By the CNN Wire Staff
Sun September 25, 2011

(CNN) — Campus Republicans at the University of California Berkeley have cooked up a storm of controversy with their plans for a bake sale.

But it’s not your everyday collegiate fundraiser they’ve got in mind. They’ve developed a sliding scale where the price of the cookie or brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin.

During the sale, scheduled for Tuesday, baked goods will be sold to white men for $2.00, Asian men for $1.50, Latino men for $1.00, black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25. All women will get $0.25 off those prices.

"The pricing structure is there to bring attention, to cause people to get a little upset," Campus Republican President Shawn Lewis, who planned the event, told CNN-affiliate KGO. "But it’s really there to cause people to think more critically about what this kind of policy would do in university admissions."

Lewis says it’s a way to make a statement about pending legislation that would let the California universities consider race or national origin during the admission process.

Because, you see, right now these things never enter into the heads of the admission officers.

But the young Republicans have been on the receiving end of a fierce backlash. Reaction has been so negative they’ve been forced to cancel their customary lunchtime tabling duties, according to KGO.

Lewis told CNN’s Don Lemon that they expected a certain amount of opposition but not the level of outrage they experienced.

"We didn’t expect the volume, the amount of response that we got," Lewis said. "In the first few hours, hundreds of posts on our Facebook page. And the tone of some of the responses — we expected people to be upset. We didn’t expect personal threats to be made. They were implicit and explicit threats made to the organizers of the event, from burning down the table to throwing our baked goods at us and other kinds of physical threats."

Remember, this is happening at the University Of California at Berkeley. The home of the laughably self-styled ‘Free Speech Movement.’ Which, of course, was only about radical leftists having the power to shout down everyone else.

Tim Wise, author of the book "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son," calls the bake sale a "sarcastic and rather smarmy slap at people of color."

"There are a lot of ways to make a point about your disagreement with affirmative action," Wise told Lemon Saturday night.

But if they are accurate and effective they will not be tolerated. After all, what is more "smarmy" than a bake sale?

"I get the joke," he continued. "How very original. It’s been done for 15 years. The point that I think needs to be made … is that by the time anyone steps on a college campus … there has already been 12- to 13-years of institutionalized affirmative action for white folks, that is to say, racially embedded inequality, which has benefited those of us who are white. And it’s only at the point of college admissions that these folks seem to get concerned with color consciousness." …

For the record, the current student body at UC Berkeley is 31.7% white. It is 47% male. According to the 2010 US Census, whites are 72.4% of the population. Women make up 50.7% of the population.

Why can’t we have colleges that look like America?

Lewis insists, however, that Campus Republicans will go ahead with their bake sale and are committed to their controversial pricing structure.

Until the UC Berkeley figures out a way to expel them.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 26th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Berkeley Bake Sale Mocks Affirmative Action”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Rather reminds me of the Freedom Rides, whereby folks
    from the Northeast were shipped South to teach the Rednecks
    how to behave. Great fun until the rednecks started sending
    folks to Hyannisport with one-way tickets and the addresss of
    those who would welcome them to the land of the free. Perhaps
    some good will come out of Berkeley, but don’t hold your breath.

  2. BillK says:

    I hope next they hold a bake sale where what you are charged depends directly upon how much money you have in your wallet.

    • JohnMG says:

      How about you get to pick anything you want, and the guy behind you has to pay for it? And no line-cutting!

  3. sticks says:

    Where is the muticultural tolerance libwits? Exposing liberals to the truth is like exposing vampires to sunlight.

  4. fallingpianos says:

    Leftists can dish it out but they can’t take it.

  5. BigOil says:

    How well you expose liberals is directly proportional to how angry they get. Since they cannot defend their beliefs, an emotional response is all they can muster.

  6. beautyofreason says:

    Brilliant bake sale.

    Easy way to tell that racist policies are on the left and not the right, apply the definition. The conservative positions that liberals peg as racist never are. Racism in a nutshell = giving special rights, exclusions (positive), or penalties (negative) because of someone’s race or ethnicity.

    On immigration for instance, “enforcing immigration law no matter the person” is not racist. But “failing to enforce immigration or offering state dollars to Mexican nationals as an incentive to vote Democrat” is racist. Another issue = hate crimes. “Not punishing the intent of a violent crime. no matter the victim” (no hate crime) is fair to everyone. “Punish the intent of a violent crime directed against any person on account of race or ethnicity” is misguided but mostly fair. But look at the left, they want hate crimes but according to Eric Holder they won’t prosecute racially motivated crimes against Caucasians. Local media and police won’t even mention it when there are flash mobs of largely black youth targeting people over skin color. Choosing a student for a university over their ancestry over hard work, what a joke.

  7. Mithrandir says:

    “There are a lot of ways to make a point about your disagreement with affirmative action,” Wise told Lemon Saturday night.

    ~Ok. How about you give me the top 5 ways to do it, that you approve of?

    “The point that I think needs to be made … is that by the time anyone steps on a college campus … there has already been 12- to 13-years of institutionalized affirmative action for white folks, that is to say, racially embedded inequality, which has benefited those of us who are white. And it’s only at the point of college admissions that these folks seem to get concerned with color consciousness.”

    ~You mean all those free lunches, free welfare, free housing, free summer jobs programs, FORCED college racial acceptance rates, FORCED graduation rates, racial college forgiveness loans—from all those white colleges, all those white-based government business loan programs, white affirmative action programs etc.

    …..gee, it’s almost as if one race of people have to work for everything, and some other races get a free ride from government cradle to the grave? He is just mad that those dependent upon the gov’t, don’t have a standard of living better than people who worked for it on their own.

  8. proreason says:

    It would be better if they had a bunch of obviously awful cakes on the table at the same price as the good ones, and when you ask for the good one, they take your money first and then give you the awful one.


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