It was a ‘racist bake sale.’ No kidding.
At first glance, this looked like a parody in the Onion.
A student group at the University of California Berkeley has sparked a furor by staging a bake sale that charges customers differently based on their race and gender.
The Berkeley College Republicans devised the satirical “Increase Diversity Bake Sale,” as a protest against proposed bill SB 185, which would have the race, gender, ethnicity and national origin of prospective students considered alongside other admission criteria.
The bake sale, which went ahead Tuesday despite the disapproval of the school’s administration, set prices for baked goods on a sliding scale — charging the most to Caucasian males and the least to Native American women.
“If preferences based on skin color are okay for college admissions, they should be okay for other aspects of life,” wrote the group’s president, Shawn Lewis, on their website.
“We agree that the event is inherently racist, but that is the point.”
Delicious thought experiment. Though the school finds it tasteless. Only some critical thinking applies at UC Berkeley, and only some tolerance is tolerable.