CA Chapters Stage Affirmative Action Bake Sales

February 28, 2023

This month, CCR chapters at Stanford and Cal State Fullerton teamed up and staged affirmative action bake sales on their campuses — in order to educate their peers about the racist truth behind affirmative action.

Affirmative action in education is the practice of favoring certain individuals or groups, generally in the admissions process, based on the idea that they are disadvantaged or were the subject of previous discrimination. The practice seeks an equality of outcome rather than equality of opportunity for university applicants, thus reducing the importance of a student's grades and other merits if they belong to a favored group — such as a racial or sexual minority.

Affirmative action is illegal in California thanks to Proposition 209, passed in 1996 under Republican Governor Pete Wilson. Prop 209 bars government institutions from considering race, sex, or ethnicity in public employment, public contracting, and public education.

In 2020, California Democrats introduced a ballot measure — Prop 16 — to legalize affirmative action. The measure was defeated, 57%-43%.

Affirmative action bake sales seek to educate students about the process of affirmative action and keep opposition to it a winning Republican issue in California.

The bake sales in question accomplish this by "selling" baked goods (often not really for sale or merely for a suggested donation) for different prices based on a student's race. This reflects affirmative action by assigning cheaper prices to certain classes of people based on their race, thus giving them an advantage over other classes.

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