what they don’t tell you about those diversity bake sales.

by brokeymcpoverty on September 28, 2011

So Tuesday, UC Berkeley went ahead with its purposely racist “Diversity Bake Sale.” The bake sale charges white people more for baked goods than people of color, with women getting a $0.25 discount. The purpose of this is to protest what the group sees as the racist practice of considering an applicant’s race and/or gender in the school admission process.

If you’ve been following for a whlie, you know that I went to a pretty racist school. What you don’t know is that I actually attended one such bake sale. And what else you don’t know is this: sure, minorities get discounted goods, but those goods are not created equally.

I attended the sale with a good friend of mine, Adam, a white male (I am a black female), and we noticed something interesting after reading the ingredients labels on our cupcakes (we checked after I noticed that mine was surprisingly bitter while Adam’s apparently tasted like good times and happiness). I saved the labels:

Guess which one the white folks got?

So sure. My cupcake was discounted. That’s kind of just a drop in the bucket compared to everything else I still have to digest.

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Ike Moses September 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

“Hydrogenated Everything” needs to be the title of a rap anthem.


LB September 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

I Second that Emotion!!!


sweett September 29, 2011 at 6:56 am

Womp. Womp. I can’t believe students haven’t come up with more creative ignorance than this. The minority bake sale idea is so played out. “Majority” students were doing that when I was still in high school (1999-2003), and it’s 2011.

“Post Racial,” my behind. People need to get over themselves. Demands for white privilege & entitlement are becoming more & more acceptable, I see.


Cheekie October 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

Eff The Man for even using CUPCAKES to keep us down! That’s some evil ish. *Black Power fist*

I fainted at those ingredients, doe. Fainted, I say. I got back up, doe. Can’t nobody hold me down. Oh no.


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