At first, I was pissed at the Berkeley College Republicans when the SF Chronicle highlighted a story about the BCR hosting a pastry sale to promote racial awareness. The University of California is considering implementing “SB185”, a law that would allow the school to use race and gender in the admissions process.
The article was poorly written, making it at first sound like the “White Pastries” for $2 and the “Black Pastries” for 75 cents are indeed white colored pastries and black colored pastries that reflect the respective races. The author made it seem like White people are superior over Black people, therefore, White colored pastries should sell for a 130% premium.
What the author N. Asimov should have made clear is that all pastries are the same, and that if you are White, you have to pay $2, but if you are Black, you only have to pay 75 cents for the same pastry. The pastry sale is trying to demonstrate that Caucasians and Asians need to score much better on your SAT’s and get higher GPA’s than other races (ie pay more) in order to get into UC Berkeley. With this realization, my anger subsided to heavy disappointment.
Yet, I wonder. If Asians make up 46% of UC Berkeley’s student population, yet only represent 14% of the California population, shouldn’t the price of pastries for Asians cost $5, since it’s that much tougher to get into given the 3.5X over-representation? You have to wonder what the group of students were thinking. You might already know.
If the UC school system did discriminate based on race, the racial make-up of UC Berkeley’s student body would limit the percentage of Asians to 14% instead of currently 46%, and increase the percentage of Caucasians to 40% from 30% to mirror California’s overall racial distribution.
The whole problem with this entire pastry sale is that offends, discredits, and hurts minorities because it makes fun of their achievements. That’s not right.
WE LIVE IN A FREE WORLD WITH UNEQUAL OPPORTUNITIES