Want a cookie? Well, if you buy one from the UC-Berkeley College Republicans today during their “Increase Diversity” bake sale, depending on your race, you can get a few for the low-low. While cookies for white people could cost a whopping $2.00, $1.50 for Asians, and $1 for Hispanic individuals, for blacks, they’ll be on sale for .75 cents. And if you’re a woman, you get an extra .25 cent off your cookie. If you’re a Native American woman, well, you could get some goodies for free!
Sound crazy? Yeah, we thought so too.
But if you ask Berkeley College Republicans President Shawn Lewis, there’s nothing wrong with the idea. In fact, the whole bake sale is a satirical event that will supposedly help people think critically about affirmative action and basing college admissions on someone’s racial background, gender and more. The group, which has caused a massive stir all over their campus, is going on with the event, which starts at 10 a.m. Pacific standard time to go against a new legislation that would push for California universities to consider race, gender, ethnicity and national origin during the admissions process. A phone bank in support of this initiative will be taking place a few yards away from the bake sale. Students at the school seem to be up in arms about the bake sale, including Associated Students of the University of California President Vishalli Loomba. According to CNN:
“As a woman of color, when I first saw the event, I was appalled someone would post something like this on the Internet — not only a different pay structure, but also to rank the races,” she said. “It trivializes the struggles that people have been through and their histories.”
For those that think the event is extremely racist, you don’t have to tell Lewis, he knew that from jump street. In fact, that’s the point:
“We agree that the event is inherently racist, but that is the point. The purpose of the pricing structure … is to cause people to disagree with this kind of preferential treatment. We want people to say no race is above another race, or no race is below another one. Why put one over the other? Why rank them that way?”
While I can get what they’re trying to say with this event, there’s something really, really wrong with this idea. Why not just have a discussion about your viewpoints rather than breaking things down, and indeed trivializing race issues, through cookies and cupcakes? Very interesting…
But what do you think about the bake sale? Is it going too far or are people making a big deal out of nothing?