A group of conservative students, who call themselves the Young Conservatives of Texas at the University of Texas at Austin, had an unusual fundraiser last week, and was reported on Monday by the Huffington Post.
The fundraiser was an atypical bake sale. What made the fundraiser unusual was that people were charged different prices for the bakery goods based on their nationality. The president of the organization, Lorenzo Garcia, explained that the students in the group are showing why affirmative action is an awful policy in the United States. The bake sale exemplifies how affirmative action is not only demeaning to minorities but also creates reverse discrimination, according to Garcia.
At the bake sale on Sept. 25, the different prices for brownies were as follows: $2.00 for white people, $1.50 for Asians, $1.00 for Latinos, 75 cents for black people, and 25 cents for Native Americans.
The University’s vice president, Gregory J. Vincent was extremely critical of the group’s actions by calling it inflammatory, demeaning, and deplorable. An article in a local newspaper referred to the stunt as tragically stupid.
Yet, some bloggers appreciated the point the students were trying to make about affirmative action. After all, said one supporter, affirmative action has the goal of increasing diversity in college enrollments via students’ various races in admissions to schools.
Whether one believes the bake sale went too far in exemplifying how differently colleges look at students of different races or not, it is restarting a conversation about the laws surrounding affirmative action in school enrollments.