Pay-by-race bake sale sparks fury
It's meant to be racist, and it's meant to be discriminatory.
But the controversial 'Increase Diversity Bake Sale' hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans is still on, the club's president said, despite "grossly misguided comments" and threats aimed toward supporters of the University of California Berkeley student group.
During the sale, scheduled for Tuesday, baked goods will be sold to white men for $2, Asian men for $1.50, Latino men for $1, black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25. All women will get $0.25 off those prices.
The bake sale is meant to draw attention to pending legislation that would allow California universities consider race or national origin during the admission process.
"We agree that the event is inherently racist, but that is the point," BCR President Shawn Lewis wrote in response to backlash to the event. "It is no more racist than giving an individual an advantage in college admissions based solely on their race (or) gender."
Berkeley's student government, the Associated Students of the University of California, held an emergency Senate meeting late Sunday to discuss the issue and passed a resolution that, in part, "condemns the use of discrimination whether it is in satire or in seriousness by any student group." "I completely support the idea of BCR -- or any students on campus -- (having) political discussion," said ASUC President Vishalli Loomba. "I think student members of BCR have a full right to express their feelings, but I don't necessarily think this tactic is constructive. I strongly encourage them to engage in this dialogue in a more constructive manner."
Baked goods will be sold to white men for $2,
Asian men for $1.50,
Latino men for $1,
Black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25. All women will get $0.25 off those prices