A conservative student organization at the University of Texas at Austin held a disturbing “protest” against affirmative action on Wednesday.
The Young Conservatives of Texas UT chapter hosted a bake sale, which seems innocent enough, except their price list contained dollar amounts based on people’s ethnicities.
"Our protest was designed to highlight the insanity of assigning our lives value based on our race and ethnicity, rather than our talents, work ethic, and intelligence," Vidal Castañeda, the group's chairman said in a press release. "It is insane that institutional racism, such as affirmative action, continues to allow for universities to judge me by the color of my skin rather than my actions."
Castañeda’s argument completely misinterprets the purpose of affirmative action, but aside from that, any valid points he could have had would be totally negated by this offensive bake sale.
The prices were arranged as follows: Asian man = $1.50, Asian woman = $1.25, white man = $1.00, white woman = $0.75, African-American man = $0.50, African-American woman = $0.25, Hispanic man = $0.50, Hispanic woman = $0.25, and “no charge” for Native Americans.
The group’s demonstration represents everything wrong with race relations in this country and promotes misconceived notions about affirmative action.
Affirmative action is a policy that allows colleges to consider race as a factor for admission as a means of maintaining diversity within the university system and providing opportunities to students from historically marginalized groups.
With their bake sale, the organization made a mockery of the selling of people, which is a big no-no considering the buying and selling of slaves is an ugly stain on American history. Furthermore, they perpetuated gender bias by literally making women worth less than men.
The only thing that could have made this bake sale more offensive is if they’d used racial slurs to represent each ethnic group instead of politically correct classifications.
According to Mic, more than 100 students counter-protested the bake sale. One student in particular, Ashley Choi, filmed a Facebook Live video showing a crowd of students confronting and debunking the myths the Young Conservatives were publicizing.
"An elderly Latina woman, who is a student here at UT, and a black student wearing a black and red dress were trying to explain to the young conservatives why affirmative action was implemented in the first place," Choi reportedly told Mic.
Instead of acknowledging that their tone-deaf protest was insulting to other students, the group blamed “liberal elites” for the negative response they received.
"The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees our organization freedom of speech and expression," Castañeda said. "YCT-UT will not be deterred by liberal elites that would love nothing more than to silence conservative, common sense voices on campus."
Castañeda also said that his organization believes that the United States Constitution is “colorblind,” which is a problematic statement in itself.
Racial equality and the notion of racial colorblindness are not one in the same.
People of color don’t want their ethnicities and cultures to be ignored or erased, but rather accepted and appreciated universally. Affirmative action is used as a means to diversify campuses so that such acceptance can be made possible.
The only thing the Young Conservatives group proved with their bake sale is their crippling ignorance.
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