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Monday September 26, 2011

UC Berkeley College Republicans Hold Racist Bake Sale to Oppose Affirmative Action-Like Bill

UC Berkeley College Republicans Hold Racist Bake Sale to Oppose Affirmative Action-Like Bill

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A bake sale at UC Berkeley has many shaking their heads at a group that claims their racist sale is in protest to an Affirmative Action-like bill currently on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Increase Diversity Bake Sale being held by the UC Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) is not at all about increasing diversity. Instead, the group is basing the price of their baked goods on the buyers’ ethnicity or sex.

In a now-removed Facebook page for the sale, BCR initially stated:

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Most students feel that their voices aren’t heard in the baked goods controversy. They also believe that our UCs and CSUs need to be more diverse. YOU have the OPPORTUNITY to increase DIVERSITY and student VOICES by buying some PASTRIES and helping redistribute wealth for SOCIAL JUSTICE through BAKED GOODS…

To ensure the fairest distribution, and make sure that there are a DIVERSE population of RACES of students getting BCR’s delicious baked goods, the pricing structure will be as follows:

White/Caucasian: $2.00
Asian/Asian American: $1.50
Latino/Hispanic: $1.00
Black/African American $0.75
Native American: $0.25
$0.25 OFF FOR ALL WOMEN!

Hope to see you there! If you don’t come, you’re a racist!

The announcement of the sale also included, “Just like the CA Senate Bills 185 and 387 the phone bank supports, we will be considering race, gender, ethnicity, national/geographic origin and other relevant factors to ensure the equitable distribution of baked goods to our diverse student body.”

The BRC claims that the event and its description are intended to be satirical though many do not find it amusing.

Commenting on the event’s Facebook page was Christopher Williams who said, “SB 185 authorizes, but does not require, that the University of California and California State University may consider race, gender, ethnicity, national/geographic origin, and other factors in their admissions process. It does not indicate that anyone should be granted special entry or tuition reduction, nor does it specify that any particular diversity standards be met. The classifications permitted in this bill are real and affect the culture of the student body, which ultimately influences the richness of debate and learning in the classroom. How you choose to view yourself, be it on the grounds of race, gender, or otherwise, affects how you think and your thoughts impact those who surround you. SB 185 is a bill that recognizes this fact and aims to strengthen the quality of our university system. This bake sale misrepresents the bill and entirely misses the point.”

Though many have come out against the bake sale, it is still scheduled for Tuesday at Upper Sproul Plaza near the school.