- Sep 2011
- Western NY and Geneva, CH
Controversy erupts over Campus Republicans bake sale plans - CNN.comCampus Republicans at the University of California Berkeley have cooked up a storm of controversy with their plans for a bake sale.
But it's not your everyday collegiate fundraiser they've got in mind. They've developed a sliding scale where the price of the cookie or brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin.
During the sale, scheduled for Tuesday, baked goods will be sold to white men for $2.00, Asian men for $1.50, Latino men for $1.00, black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25. All women will get $0.25 off those prices.
"We didn't expect the volume, the amount of response that we got," Lewis said. "In the first few hours, hundreds of posts on our Facebook page. And the tone of some of the responses -- we expected people to be upset. We didn't expect personal threats to be made. They were implicit and explicit threats made to the organizers of the event, from burning down the table to throwing our baked goods at us and other kinds of physical threats."
The appropriate response to a stunt like this isn't anger or threats. The appropriate response is a better stunt.
As soon as I saw that sign, I would've scoured the campus for a Native American co-ed, then had her snitch their entire stock in one fell swoop. Then I would've set up my own table, and posted the following sign:
"Irony Bakery, All Items $0.50; Proceeds Will Be Used to Re-Purchase Stolen Land"