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UC Berkeley Student Republicans to Hold Deliberately Racist Bake Sale

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A college Republican group at UC Berkeley is following in the footsteps of other campuses, including UC Irvine, and hosting a "Diversity Bake Sale."

Sounds lovely, doesn't it? Except that the sale will feature goods sold at different prices depending on the consumer's race, ethnicity and gender. White men will be charged $2, Asian men $1.50, Latino men $1, Black men $0.75, and Native Americans $0.25. Women will get $0.25 off any purchase.

KTLA reports that the stunt is meant to be a commentary on pending state legislation that would allow California universities to take race, gender, ethnicity and national origin into account when considering applications.

The Berkeley College Republicans say that the bake sale is in fact intended to be racist and discriminatory. According to KTLA, BCR President Shawn Lewis wrote the following response to students' and administrators' outrage over the event:

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"We agree that the event is inherently racist, but that is the point," in response to upheaval over the bake sale. "It is no more racist than giving an individual an advantage in college admissions based solely on their race (or) gender."

The event is scheduled to take place tomorrow.