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Berkeley Students Practice Cupcake Socialism

John on September 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

From the NY Times:

A bake sale sponsored by a Republican student group at the University of California, Berkeley, has incited anger and renewed the debate over affirmative action by asking students to pay different prices for pastry, depending on their race and sex…

The bake sale was scheduled to protest a phone bank organized by the Associated Students of the University of California, the campus student government group, where students planned to call Gov. Jerry Brown and urge him to sign a Senate bill that would allow public universities to consider race, gender and ethnicity in admissions decisions. In 1996, voters in the state passed a ballot initiative, known as Proposition 209, prohibiting affirmative action in admissions…

Not long after the bake sale page went up on Facebook, hundreds of people posted comments expressing outrage over or support for the sale and affirmative action in general…Event organizers received numerous threats on Facebook, and some of the group’s members changed their names and profile pictures.

You’d think they could convey the sense of some of the threats, but not in this case. Wouldn’t want to depict the pro-affirmative action protesters as haters, would we. Some students have come up with a counter-protest:

As of Monday afternoon, more than 600 people had R.S.V.P.’d on Facebook to attend the “Conscious Cupcakes Giveaway,” scheduled for the same time and place as the Berkeley College Republicans’ bake sale and the student government’s phone bank.

This strikes me as an apt metaphor. In the real world, not everyone gets a cupcake (i.e. admission to a top college like Berkeley). So given this fact conservatives make the argument that the allocation of cupcakes shouldn’t be based on race or sex in our society. Liberals just respond with free cupcakes. To each according to his sweet tooth! Too bad that doesn’t translate into college admissions or anything else in the real world.

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