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Racist Cupcakes Promote Discussion on UC Berkeley Campus

red velvet cupcakes with vanilla frostingAffirmative action is a policy that many institutions use to benefit underrepresented groups and is usually based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Many people see this as a good policy because it can, for example, help groups of student who do not attend college get a scholarship or some other form of aid.

However, when students at UC Berkeley heard that Governor Jerry Brown was going to sign an Affirmative Action-life bill, they were not so pleased about it. In order to make their opinions known, the students organized a satirical Increase Diversity Bake Sale. The pastries that were sold in the bake sale were price-adjusted, based on the race of the buyer. For example, white men would have to pay $2.00 for a cupcake, while Native Americans would pay only $0.25 for the same cupcake. Women also received a price break of $0.25 off.

“Just like the CA Senate Bills 185 and 387 the phone bank supports, we will be considering race, gender, ethnicity, national/geographical origin, and other relevant factors to ensure the equitable distribution of baked goods to our diverse student body,” the group announced on a Facebook post advertising the bake sale. They finished the announcement with this: “Hope to see you all there! If you don’t come, you’re a racist!”

The group claims that its actions are purely satirical. Sadly, some students do not find the bake sale at all humorous or entertaining.

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