Friday, September 30, 2011

Racist Bake Sale at Berkeley

It was a ‘racist bake sale.’ No kidding.

At first glance, this looked like a parody in the Onion.

A student group at the University of California Berkeley has sparked a furor by staging a bake sale that charges customers differently based on their race and gender.

The Berkeley College Republicans devised the satirical “Increase Diversity Bake Sale,” as a protest against proposed bill SB 185, which would have the race, gender, ethnicity and national origin of prospective students considered alongside other admission criteria.

The bake sale, which went ahead Tuesday despite the disapproval of the school’s administration, set prices for baked goods on a sliding scale — charging the most to Caucasian males and the least to Native American women.

“If preferences based on skin color are okay for college admissions, they should be okay for other aspects of life,” wrote the group’s president,… (read the whole article and comment here).

1 comment:

George Patsourakos said...

Holding a "racist bake sale" was an effective way for the Berkeley College Republicans to get their message across to University of California Berkeley staff, faculty, students and others; namely, that just as discrimination is not right in a bake sale, neither is it right in college admissions office procedures.