Racially Charged Bake Sale Sparks Student Outrage

UC Berkeley Republicans get snarky about student admissions

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 24, 2011 1:51 PM CDT

(Newser) – "White/Caucasian" pastries: $2. "Black/African American" pastries: 75 cents. "Native American" pastries: only a quarter. Such is the pricing scheme for a sarcastic "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" posted on Facebook by a Republican group at UC Berkeley, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Planned for Tuesday, the sale has sparked anger on campus for its snarky opposition to a bill that would let California universities consider ethnicity in student admissions. "If you don't come, you're a racist," the post says.

"I'm ashamed to know that I go to the same school with people who would say stuff like this," responded one student on Facebook. "I'm really trying to figure out how someone can be this hateful." More than 200 wrote posts in all, most of them opposed, and a vice president of the school's student government called the sale "frankly, racist." The president of Berkeley College Republicans fired back: "But it's discriminatory in the same way that considering race in university admissions is discriminatory."

A Republican student group at UC Berkeley has planned a racially charged bake sale.
A Republican student group at UC Berkeley has planned a racially charged bake sale.   (Shutterstock)
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