Monday, September 26, 2011

Perfect story for Fox News: More racist dogwhistling going on at Affirmative Action Bake Sale

A California campus Republican group is holding an affirmative action bake sale.
OK that's $2 blondie, unless you're a white-looking Mexican then it's just a buck ! What? you'd be mad if you were an Anglo?  That's exactly what our strategy is- Now, go take it out on them minorities!

This story was featured today on, where else? Fox News of course. During Megan Kelly's America Live, the following story was covered and discussed by an Anglo white republican and a Latina democrat. Of course, the republican guy claimed innocence but that's just part of the strategy of dogwhistling. I'm sure we've got readers coming down on both sides of the issue. Anyway, here's how the story was covered by:

The New York Daily News

A controversy over cupcakes is heating up at UC Berkley in California where campus Republicans are planning to hold an affirmative action bake sale on Tuesday.

At the sale, white men will be charged $2 for a baked good, Asians will pay $1.50, Latinos $1, African-Americans 75 cents and 25 cents for Native Americans, KGO-TV reported.
Women will get a 25 cent discount.

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

The Campus Democrats immediately slammed the sale, which Lewis said is meant to take a stand against an affirmative action-like bill for the University of California system that is awaiting Governor Jerry Brown's signature.


  1. Max, I have to say that I agree with the students that I saw on the news, not sure if it was Fox or CNN.

    The idea of addmissions based only on race is outdated. If you want diversity, use the Texas model of top 10% from each high school get automatic addmission to any state college.

    Just saying that I want x% white, x% Hispanic, x% Asian, x% black is racist in this day and age.

    Just like gerrymandering political lines to create white/Hispanic/black/Asian voting districts.

    Nobody has every explained to me why a Hispanic cannot do a good job representing me as an elected official.

  2. As I said, I knew people come down on both sides of the question. I think quotas present a lot of problems but its one thing for the students to protest the idea of affirmative action and hold their controversial bake sale but the way FOX NEWS latches on and cherry picks whatever they put on the news is what strikes me as racist dogwhistling. I think quotas can be bad for people by making them complacent and knowing that they're going to get something for simply being of a specific race or ethnicity. Is it being to done in an attempt to correct past injustices? Then do two wrongs make a right?

  3. Tom, as far as gerrymandering goes, the GOP has stayed in power because of it. Hispanics make up about 33 per cent of Texas' population but they only make up about:

    16 percent to the Texas house of representative


    20 percent of the Texas Senate.

    We're under represented. Even the current redistricting map has been found to be lacking. It does not meet the requirement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. That's a good reasont that the Fed should not leave things like voting only up to the states- It'd be Jim Crow all over again.