Lessons From a Bake Sale With a Taste of Race

Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. is troubled by some of the responses sparked by a racially inflammatory bake sale sponsored by GOP students in California.

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In his Miami Herald column, Leonard Pitts Jr. says that the backlash they experienced after a controversial bake sale allowed Republican students at the University of California, Berkeley to learn a powerful lesson about free speech. Some complained that they were harassed and threatened online.

... If I were going to use baked goods as a metaphor for affirmative action, my price scale would go like this: Black and Native American men would pay $10, Asian and Latino men $7 for brownies white men were able to buy for a buck, and the blacks, the Native Americans, the Asians and the Latinos would have to walk a gantlet of gunfire, physical assault, name-calling and legal roadblocks in order to reach the counter. Women would not be allowed to buy any brownies, but would be required to remain in the kitchen baking them, preferably while barefoot and pregnant. 

After 350 years, the black, Latino, Asian and Native American men would get a $5 discount off the original prices (do the math) but they'd have to listen to white men carp about the gross unfairness of it all. Women would also get a discount, but would have to sweep up the bakery after it closed.

That said, I'm troubled at the response the GOP students have faced. There has been outrage, which is fair, but they say they've also been harassed and threatened online, which is not.

Read Leonard Pitts Jr.'s entire column at the Miami Herald.

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