Bake Sale Sexism, Racism Controversy


A protest by campus Republicans at the University of California, Berkeley has led to a racism and sexism row. And the centerpiece of the controversy is a bake sale.

The Berkeley Campus Republicans' Facebook page lists the price of baked goods at a sale, scheduled for later this week: $2 for whites, $1.50 for Asians, $1 for Hispanics, 75 cents for blacks, 25 cents for Native Americans and 25 cents for all women.

Campus Republican president Shawn Lewis said the idea of the "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" was to highlight a legislative bill to let California public universities consider race and gender in their admissions process.

The Facebook listing has resulted in hundreds of posts, mostly negative and some personal threats.