If I were to tell you that that some civil-minded students at the University of California Berkeley decided to hold a bake sale to draw attention to the problem, your first thought would probably be something along the lines of "Well, that sounds nice and unlike anything that could possibly ever go terribly wrong."
Well, guess what…
During the sale, scheduled for Tuesday, baked goods will be sold 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. All women will get $0.25 off those prices."
Oh, did I not mention that these civil-minded students are young Republicans? Whoops…
The pricing structure is there to bring attention, to cause people to get a little upset," Campus Republican President Shawn Lewis, who planned the event, told CNN-affiliate KGO. "But it's really there to cause people to think more critically about what this kind of policy would do in university admissions."
If there's one thing that everybody knows it's how much Republicans cannot abide anybody getting an unfair shake in this life because of his or her (but mostly his) skin color. That's just the commonest knowledge ever.
And sure, we all knew that charging different prices for the same goods depending upon a person's race might cause a few people to get "a little upset." But who could have guessed that it might cause a lot of people to get a whole lot of "a little upset"?
Lewis told CNN's Don Lemon that they expected a certain amount of opposition but not the level of outrage they experienced.
"We didn't expect the volume, the amount of response that we got," Lewis said. "In the first few hours, hundreds of posts on our Facebook page. And the tone of some of the responses — we expected people to be upset. We didn't expect personal threats to be made. They were implicit and explicit threats made to the organizers of the event, from burning down the table to throwing our baked goods at us and other kinds of physical threats."
Weird! It's almost like people don't care for privileged white kids mocking the institutionalized roadblocks facing U.S. minorities via delicious pastries.
Tags: Education, Food, Racism, Republicans