Monday, September 26, 2011

UC Berkely Students Hold Admittedly Racist, “Pay by Race” Bake Sale



by Dr. Boyce Watkins – Your Black World

The “Increase Diversity Bake Sale,” to be held by the campus Republicans at Berkeley College, has brought attention to the university for all the wrong reasons.  The sale charges different prices for food based on race – white men pay the most, with Native American, African American and Latino students paying the least.

The bake sale is being held because the students wish to bring attention to pending legislation that would allow the university to consider race in its admissions criteria.

"We agree that the event is inherently racist, but that is the point," BCR President Shawn Lewis said in  a statement. "It is no more racist than giving an individual an advantage in college admissions based solely on their race (or) gender."

Lewis claims that many voices from the group, including Asian, Hispanic and female students, felt that the bake sale was appropriate.

"More than half of the voices were female," he said.

Berkeley’s student government held an emergency meeting to pass a resolution that "condemns the use of discrimination whether it is in satire or in seriousness by any student group."

"I completely support the idea of BCR -- or any students on campus -- (having) political discussion," ASUC President Vishalli Loomba said. "I think student members of BCR have a full right to express their feelings, but I don't necessarily think this tactic is constructive. I strongly encourage them to engage in this dialogue in a more constructive manner, such as a forum or a town hall meeting.'

I am glad to see that there is balance to the conversation at Berkeley and that every student is not as ignorant about racial history as the campus republicans.  If they were to take a second to study history, they might realize that the so-called “discrimination” against white males is necessary to counter hundreds of years of social, political and economic power that white males have been allowed to accumulate at the expense of everyone else. 

When a man spends years stealing from another person, he can’t simply say “I’m sorry, I won’t do it anymore.”  There is restitution that must be repaid and damage that must be rectified.  Trillions of dollars in wealth and opportunity were stolen from minorities throughout the nation after hundreds of years of indisputable and systemic theft.  It is only fitting of the arrogant and unethical tradition of American racism that some white male students have been convinced that they are somehow being victimized by the nation’s efforts to achieve true equality.  These students lie directly in the tradition of Bull Connor, southern slave owners and many others who stood in the way of racial progress in America – their ancestors have taught them well.

Berkeley should be ashamed of these students, but it appears that they already are.  The actions of the campus republicans at Berkeley are no less embarrassing than a Klan rally in the town square.  What’s saddest is that some of the leaders from the next generation are going to come out of this organization, which doesn’t say good things about our future.  


Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here. 


Renee said...

Waaaah! Waaaah! Sighs. Once again, whites and equally stupid hispanics or asians playing the victim role in this tired ass belief of blacks getting all the advantages in the world because of (gasp!) affirmative action. Oh yes, all of the scholarships in the world cater to black people and are specifically design for us. In reality, less than 2% of scholarships have requirements for individuals to be an African American and are usually from a black owned organization. In reality, white women are the biggest beneficiaries of affirmative action and blacks are not given any pass, despite whatever whites love to tell themselves. Oh yes, the racism against the great white race is all over corporate America. I mean, I see a sea of blacks and not a white person in site. My goodness, Wall Street is dominated by these affirmative action having, love playing the race card, always attacking the white race black people. And lets not get started on the political world. Oh, my goodness the Congressional Black Caucaus rule on everything in Washington!! What the hell? Sighs. It's interesting to me, the white mind and their paranoia and natural inability to truly understand what racism and systemic discrimination is. They may read an article, listen to a conservative program, or watch a television segment of how the so-called white man is losing everything. Suddenly, they believe their survival in America is at risk and the blacks are taking everything. Their brain, way of thinking, and lack of comprehension in regards to race is truly a mental sickness in my opinion. Hell, why not have a bake sale where they can discriminate base on gender since white women benefit the most from affirmative action. Or wait, have a bake sale on the whites who get into these colleges because daddy or mommy have a lot of money and made a few phone calls to the college administration officials (despite the fact these students usually have deplorable grades and test scores). Yeah, lets highlight the students who get bonus points on their application because their parent is an alumni or they went to school in an upper middle class, geographic area. I think that's fair.

Anonymous said...

TL;DR Everyone in this thread is writing opinion articles while tripping on PCP.

Anonymous said...

Tim Wise has written an interesting article, A Bad Year for White Whine: College Scholarships and the Cult of Caucasian Victimhood. The link is below:

Anonymous said...

The exact same thing was done on a FOX News program hosted by John Stossell in a mall to demonstrate the "unfairness" of discrimination.They interviewed many Blacks and all of them agreed that it wasn't right to charge them less for the cupcakes.They missed the point,but he made his point.

These young Republicans are just following his lead.No one is pointing out that University admissions and buying cupcakes are two different things and in the case of cupcakes,which is the same as any other product,no one has ever asked that we be given a "break",even though we know that the entire system discriminates in the favor of whites and the haves over the have nots.

It's a known fact that the poorer the community,the higher the prices,so in truth we shouldn't pay the full price for the exact same cupcake,because over the years we've overpaid for that cupcake time and time again!

2ysur2ysub said...

Berkeley students? Wow. That once heralded bastion of liberal thinking? Boy, I hope I'm gone from this earth when this graduating class is running the country. It's also pretty indicative of how low the standards are for admitting Whites. You would think they would have better powers of discernment, perspicacity, and ability to articulate their ideas than they've done working at a 3rd grade level bake sale. At least the University of California can't blame Blacks for bringing down the academic reputations of its students. They're doing that all by themselves.

Anonymous said...

The truth is racist.

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John Prewett said...

White liberals and black bigots such as Renee believe White men [and maybe women too] should be legally discriminated against. Even though most Whites of the past did not oppress anyone,.. some Whites of the past struggled to end slavery [ever hear of John Brown ?] and no currently living common Whites have oppressed Blacks. Rather common Whites are the prey of choice of Black criminals. Not wanting to be around Blacks for safety reasons is not same as "oppressing" Blacks. Renee, you just want "something for nothing."

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SomeoneReal said...

Heaven forbid that black people should be expected to study hard and get good grades like everyone else. Is there any aspect of life where black people DON'T expect welfare?

Anonymous said...

Affirmative Action supports white women, period! And what about blacks bein bg discriminated against purely because they are black? How about that?! Blacks pay every day! We have to fight harder, work harder and get twice the amount of education just to get the SAME thing everyone else gets! Oh, and the highest percentage of people on WELFARE are WHITE PEOPLE! God forbid THEY have to get up and do their own heavy lifting and stop defrauding the govt. through welfare fraud. God forbid they ever stop acting so privileged based on skin color. THAT is the dumbest thing I've ever heard! Blacks aren't "taking over," whites just want to be in charge of everything!

Anonymous said...

"If they were to take a second to study history, they might realize that the so-called “discrimination” against white males is necessary to counter hundreds of years of social, political and economic power that white males have been allowed to accumulate at the expense of everyone else." That's funny, I'M white, yet i can't seem to place my vast accumulation of wealth... Oh, that's right, it's all in this racist idiot's head. Ignorant comments like those espoused by this torch-wielding douche bag only stand to keep the African-American community down, encouraging hatred and revenge against people simply based on the color of their skin. Oh black racists, how ironically cute you are... This WILL be posted as Anonymous, because you seem like the type of people that would burn my apt. down because "Crackers you white and you took my money in the past when you weren't born and now i wants it BACK!"

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