College Republicans at the University of California at Berkley are gearing up for an interesting fundraiser: An Affirmative Action bake sale.

Apparently, the campus group decided to protest a pending law in California that would once again consider race, gender, and national origin during the admissions process. The group feels considering these factors would unfairly tip the scale in favor of women and minorities and have decided a bake sale is the easiest way to demonstrate their frustration.

Campus Republicans have proposed creative bake sale pricing to illustrate the “unfairness” of Affirmative Action. During the sale, which is scheduled for Tuesday, they will sell baked items to White men for $2.00, Asian men for $1.50, Latino men for $1.00, Black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25 (Native American women are free). All women will get $0.25 off the prices.

Campus Republican President Shawn Lewis told CNN: “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.”

Predictably, CAL Berkley students are fiercely upset about the race-based bake sale. Many have spoken out about it and have caused campus Republicans to cancel their regular lunchtime outreach activities.

Although campus Republicans say their goal is to protest unfair admission practices for women and minorities, White and Asian students make up the bulk of the enrollment, while African American and Latino enrollment has been declining over the years.

In 2010, CAL Berkley’s racial make up was:

  • 3.4% African American
  • 0.8% American Indian
  • 11.5% Chicano/Latino
  • 45.7% Asian American
  • 31.7% White
  • 7.0% Not Given
Despite the controversy their bake sale has cause, campus Republicans say they will continue with the planned event.

What do you think? Is this a good way to protest Affirmative Action? Do you feel colleges should consider race and/or gender during the admissions process? Sound off! 

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  • Chrissy

    And from the numbers of Asian students at the school, shouldn’t the Asian students be paying more? Also if affirmative action is put into place wouldnt that mean the Asian students numbers would go down?

    So are these people protesting because they dont want any ‘blacks’ at the school?

  • jonseyt

    Kat, “Not new, it’s been done before. If they really want to tell a story, they would only have 3 out of 100 cupcakes for sale that black people could buy and they would let the white students in line first.”
    Looove this idea! Oh please let the Berkley democrats or other liberal group do this!

  • I am uber tired, so I will keep this concise and hopefully its coherent:

    Affirmative action does not hurt white males. Benefits white females. Disadvantages Asians. Is not beneficial enough for Blacks, Latinos, or Native-Americans.

    If race was not at all considered during college admissions, whites will practically have the same chances of earning an admission slot. This is just due to the whites being the majority of applicants who apply to college simply because they are the majority of people in the USA.

    Bottom Line: The reason why America is so messed up is because people blindly pick political battles to fight based off of false myths.

    Having an affirmative action policy does not significantly prevent whites from gaining admissions due to “minority reserved” slots. BUT eliminating affirmative action will increase the amount of Asians who will gain access to these slots AND decrease the amount of Blacks, Latinos, Native-Americans who gain access to those spots.

  • Smara

    This is funny. It’s wrong when applied to cupcake sales, but not when its employed during university admissions…