When I saw what Republican students at The University of California – Berkeley are doing with baked goods today, my buns definitely got a bit sticky.
The students are having a bake sale where the price of the food varies by each buyer’s race. A white guy will pay $2 for a cupcake. A white woman, $1.75. A black dude, $.75 and Native Americans women get theirs for free.
Naturally, I was upset. We know how much I love donuts and now I have to cop to my own race in order to get one?! What’s that you say? I don’t live in Berkeley and my bake shop down the street doesn’t give a good goshdarn what I look like just as long as I stop changing my mind about the bear claw…no, regular glazed…no apple thingy…no bear claw…no…. Never you mind that! Even thinking about having to admit that I’m of color was traumatic enough.
Campus Republicans put on the bake sale to draw attention a piece of state legislation, SB 185, that will allow California colleges to blatantly use race, gender, ethnicity and national origin as a determining factor in admissions.
Some students say that using race to determine one’s readiness for college is as bad as using it to price sweets. Others, however, are calling the bake sale racist, hateful and charge it with creating an unsafe environment on campus.
I just wonder what they charge for Oreos. The Nabisco kind and the me kind.
Since race is so icky and touchy, here are some other questions colleges could use to choose who they want to let in to their ivory towers. Make applying to college more like filling out a dating profile and that might be more fun for everyone.
To replace: “What Race are you?” Try these on the Common App:
- What’s the first thing people notice about you (other than race)?
- What movies do you like?
- Do you think I’m pretty?
- How much money did your parents or grandparents donate to this school?
- What fraternity or sorority will you pledge?
- What do you mean you can’t afford Greek dues? What are you, Greece or something?
- How many European countries have you visited?
- Did your parents go to one of our rival schools?
- What famous and/or influential person are you related to?
- How willing are you to meet in person?
- What is the name of the country club to which your parents belong?
- Golf or polo, what’s your preference?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What are six things you can’t live without?
- How much money did you say your parents donated to this school?
What do you think? Is this protest out of line? Or does it make some sense?
Do protests to Affirmative Action measures assume that minorities will not be deserving of whatever the goal is? Does diversity on college campuses even matter? Should diversity include more things that just where you came from and what you look like?
Should biological factors be used to determine where someone should be able to go to school?
Let us know in the comments!