I would be even more entertained if the bake sale caused a riot

Who knew something interesting could actually happen at my school? Northeastern Illinois University is a pretty low-rent school for those who are either poor, generally unenthused, future teachers, washed-up punk rockers, live in the neighborhood, or planning on transferring. Don’t get me wrong, there are some amazing teachers there, but the student body is lacking oomph.

But I digress. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the College Republicans (I think there are like, two) had decided to have an Affirmative Action Bake Sale. Way to stir up some shit!.

If you’re not familiar with the concept as it’s been used on other campuses, an Affirmative Action Bake Sale is one in which white students are charged full price, while minorities get a discount.

Well, the school freaked out and threatened the club and its individual members, so then FIRE got involved and threatened to sue the school and so on. Here’s a the bit from FIRE’s website about the incident.

Anyhow, other student groups are gearing up to protest the bake sale, the media’s likely to show up.. should be a circus.

While my impression of these particular College Republicans is that they’re doofuses trying to earn brownie points in a larger network of campus conservatives (who will go on to be their employers), I do think that the concept of the bake sale is a very funny, poignant way of getting people to reexamine the dynamics of Affirmative Action.

I wonder what kind of discounts half-Mexicans get?

2 Comments so far

  1. steven (unregistered) on April 27th, 2005 @ 1:29 pm

    i’ve now heard it all

  2. Jennifer Roche (unregistered) on April 30th, 2005 @ 9:56 pm

    Love this post. Feel like I visited the campus without leaving my chair.

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