The Colorado University College Republicans held another one of those affirmative action bake sales. For those of you unfamiliar, this is a bake sale where the cookies and other snacks have different prices according to the race/ethnicity/gender of the buyer. The breakdown typically looks something like this:

White Males, Asians, East Indians: $1.50
White Females: 1.00
Blacks: .75
Hispanics: .50
Native Americans: .25

The point of these events is a publicity stunt that is both funny and thought-provoking (plus there’s food, which is a good way to get people to show up). It’s a very concrete way of making people ponder the real meaning and implications of programs like affirmative action and other government “benefits” to “minorities”.

These bake sales typically result in some sort of mob or confrontation from some liberal students:

The pro-affirmative action students announced that they wanted to keep the protest march “100 percent respectful” and then marched to and surrounded the GOP and EOA bake sale table, which was stationed at a kiosk outside the Hellems building.

Mob intimidation. Yeah, that’s very respectful. Good job guys.

“We didn’t want to make conflict,” said freshman Shantel Campos, an affirmative action supporter who marched through the snow with her mouth taped. “This is a publicity stunt [for the College Republicans and EOA]. It’s not the right place for a dialogue.”

On the contrary, it’s exactly the right place for a dialogue. Out in the open, without mediation, without someone’s “approval” or “facilitation”.

Pro-affirmative action students arrived at the bake sale at about 12:45, with some removing the tape from their mouths to join the verbal conflict.

Notice how their devotion to the symbolism of the tape goes out the window when it starts becoming difficult. This, however, is more disturbing:

“This is mob activity…” said Jones. “Why is [UCSU diversity director] Kerry Kite ripping down a sign for a sanctioned event?”

While it is unclear how the sign was removed, some students on both sides were heard urging Kite to “calm down” while others shoved each other around the kiosk and bake sale table.

UCSU has a “Diversity Director”. A diversity director. That sends cold chills up my spine. Mr. Kite is also apparently not particularly objective or tolerant of diversity, given his highly unprofessional behavior at this event. I suppose that’s to be expected, in the same way that the Taliban’s Ministry of Vice and Virtue is just an excuse to beat people in the street that they don’t like.

Personally, I think this quote beautifully summarizes the inherent silliness of political correctness:

“The College Republicans are having a bake sale because they think it’s funny,” said Nicole Houston, President of the Black Student Alliance, at the UMC rally. “It’s not…we need to make sure we don’t have these racist cookies on our campus.”

Does this woman not know how ridiculous she sounds? Is she so threatened by cookies (and not ordinary cookies, either, but racist cookies) that it would lead to the sort of confrontation as occurred on this CU campus? Is that the sort of pressing, important issue that requires the attention of an advocacy group for black preferential treatment equality?

This attitude is emblematic of a preoccupation with the trappings and appearances of things, and not their substance. They think that changing the words we use will change our minds, and that eliminating the opposing voice will make the disagreement go away.

Kyle adds: IMHO the proper response to Ms. Houston’s ‘racist cookies’ line would have been “I think the word you’re looking for is ‘crackers’.”

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