The Berkeley College Republicans have planned an “Increase Diversity” Bake Sale to raise awareness of SB 185, legislation in California that would allow state schools to consider race, gender, ethnicity and other relevant factors in college admissions decisions.
The bake sale will have different pricing based on some of these factors the legislation would allow colleges to consider. For example, cupcakes will be $2 for white men, $1 for Latinos and 25 cents off all the prices for women.
According to the event’s Facebook page, “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 purpose of the event is to offer another view to this policy of considering race in university admissions. 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.”
Responses to the event range from posts further poking fun at the pricing to enraged political debate.
What do you think? Does an event like this spur debate around an important college admissions issue, or is this organization going about it the wrong way?