Berkeley College Republicans have planned a controversial 'Increase Diversity' bake sale, with prices based on gender and race. Campus Republican president Shawn Lewis said that the bake sale was organized to protest SB 185, a proposed bill that would authorize California public universities to consider race, gender, ethnicity and geographic origin in the college admissions process.
A Facebook page set up for Tuesday's event stated: "The Berkeley College Republicans firmly believe measuring any admit's merit based on race is intrinsically racist. Our bake sale will be at the same time and location of a phone bank which will be making calls to urge Gov. Brown to sign the bill. The pricing structure of the baked goods is meant to be satirical, while urging students to think more critically about the implications of this policy."
At the sale, white men will be charged $2, Asians $1.50, Latinos $1, African-Americans 75 cents and 25 cents for Native Americans. All women will get a 25 cent discount.
The original event page, which has been taken down, reportedly said: "Hope to see you all there! If you don't come, you're a racist!"
Lewis told KGO-TV: "The pricing structure is there to bring attention, to cause people to get a little upset. But it's really there to cause people to think more critically about what this kind of policy would do in university admissions. It certainly is stirring emotions, and that's what we want. But we certainly don't want people to think that we're making fun of racial issues or laughing at them because that's not the message of the bake sale."
Campus Democrats president Anais LaVoie rebuffed Lewis' explanation: "The way they made the statement, the words that they used, the fact that they humorized and mocked the struggles of people of color on this campus is very disgusting to me."