Don't you just love a good bake sale? Yummy goodies — cookies, cupcakes and baked goodies — all for a great price or a great cause? I sure do. But there's a bake sale being held today that has more than a few folks questioning its prices and its cause.
University of California, Berkeley College Republicans will host their "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" today with prices varying based on the customer's race and gender. At the sale, white students will pay $2 per baked good; Asians and Asian-Americans, $1.50; Latinos, $1; African Americans, 75 cents; and Native Americans, 25 cents. Women get 25 cents off across the board.
According to the group, the prices are different "to ensure the fairest distribution." And while many folks are screaming "racism," the GOP group insists the event is held in satire and is no different from another event that will be held on the same campus today — a phone bank sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of California in support of SB 185, legislation that would allow California universities to consider race, gender, ethnicity and national origin during the admissions process.
The point: using a ranking system for races isn't fair — not for bake sales, and not for college admissions.
As you might expect, not everyone is thrilled with the staged event, satire or not. Similar events held by Republican groups at other universities around the country have also been met with resistance. So it will be interesting to see whether or not the Increase Diversity Bake Sale actually takes place.
What's your take? Do you think this event is racist or does it raise a good point about fairness in education?