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GOP Affirmative Action Bake Sale at UC Berkeley

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A Republican student group at a university in California is taking a stand against affirmative action by holding a bake sale at which minorities and women will pay less than white men.

According to a report in the New York Daily News, Campus Republicans at notoriously liberal UC Berkeley will hold the sale on Tuesday. White men will pay $2 for an item, Asians $1.50, Latinos $1, blacks 75-cents and Native Americans 25-cents. Women will get a 25-cent discount.

The sale is in response to an affirmative action-like bill for the state's university system that is sitting on the governor's desk. 

"The pricing structure is there to bring attention, to cause people to get a little upset," Campus Republican president Shawn Lewis told KGO-TV. "But it's really there to cause people to think more critically about what this kind of policy would do in university admissions."

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The student newspaper reported that the student government could vote to defund the group because of the planned sale.

"I fully support the idea of members of BCR expressing their views on SB 185, and I believe that there should be dialogue and discussion surrounding this issue, but I do not think that this method is constructive," said student government President Vishalli Loomba.

GOP groups at other schools have held similar sales over the years.