Uproar Over Bake Sale Satire - Where The Prices Are Based On Your Race (WIDK)
Posted to WIDK by Emily Moore
(Daily Mail) — An ‘Increase Diversity’ bake sale planned by a group of students is being branded racist because the prices are based on the buyer’s gender and race.
The fury over the sale in California, however, is exactly what the organizers, the Berkeley College Republicans, wanted.
Campus Republican president Shawn Lewis said the bake sale was organized to protest SB 185.
That is a bill currently being considered by Gov. Jerry Brown, which would authorize California public universities to consider race, gender, ethnicity, and national/geographic origin in the admissions process.
A Facebook page set up for Tuesday’s event said: ‘The Berkeley College Republicans firmly believe measuring any admit’s merit based on race is intrinsically racist.
‘Our bake sale will be at the same time and location of a phone bank which will be making calls to urge Gov. Brown to sign the bill.
‘The pricing structure of the baked goods is meant to be satirical, while urging students to think more critically about the implications of this policy.’
At the sale, white men will be charged $2 for a baked good, Asians will pay $1.50, Latinos $1, African-Americans 75 cents and 25 cents for Native Americans. All women will get a 25 cent discount.
ABC News reports that according to the original event page, the pricing structure was put in place ‘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 original event page, which has been taken down, said: ‘Hope to see you all there! If you don’t come, you’re a racist!’
Mr Lewis told the KGO-TV station in San Francisco: ‘The pricing structure is there to bring attention, to cause people to get a little upset.
‘But it’s really there to cause people to think more critically about what this kind of policy would do in university admissions.’
‘It certainly is stirring emotions, and that’s what we want,’ Lewis added.
‘But we certainly don’t want people to think that we’re making fun of racial issues or laughing at them because that’s not the message of the bake sale.’
Campus Democrats president Anais LaVoie said: ‘The way they made the statement, the words that they used, the fact that they humourized and mocked the struggles of people of color on this campus is very disgusting to me.’
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