In the University of California, Berkeley, a group known as the Berkeley College Republicans held a bake sale on campus that caused a riot due to their racist pricing that is based on the color of the students. The pastry pricing was posted up on Facebook.
On Facebook, the group listed the price for a pastry at $2 for white students, $1.50 for Asian students, $1 for Latinos, 75 cents for African-Americans and 25 cents for Native Americans. Women of all races were promised a 25-cent discount.
The bake sale was not intended to offend others but rather to protest against a phone bank that was organized by a campus student government group that supported the Senate Bill that permits public universities to charge admission in regards to the student’s race, gender and ethnicity. On November 5 of 1996, an election ballot known as the Proposition 209 was approved and passed by voters of the state in favor of the bill. The Proposition 209 prohibits public institutions from utilizing race, gender and ethnicity in the consideration of admissions.
Although the bake sale was organized for a good cause, but the methodology used was too extreme, many students were offended and felt unwelcomed.
Not long after the bake sale page went up on Facebook, hundreds of people posted comments expressing outrage over or support for the sale and affirmative action in general.
However, this bake sale brought up a good point on race, gender and ethnicity that relates to our daily lives. Every day, many people are being discriminated against due to their race, gender and ethnicity. For instance, in many different occupations, men are getting paid more than women for sharing the same amount of work like male nurses gets paid more than female nurses do. And certain people of a particular race are getting paid more just because of their race. I work in a cardiologist office, where it is owned by a Korean cardiologist and I am Chinese. My Korean co-workers of the same rank and share the same amount of work load receive more pay than I do just because I’m not Korean. Discrimination is a daily issue that many of us have experienced but how can we adjust this issue? Or can we resolve this issue that we face daily?