Too Much Government? Affirmative Action Bake Sale at Purdue
Students belonging to the Purdue University chapter of the Conservative Coalition for American Values held an unusual type of bake sale on February 25, 2009. In an attempt to illustrate how universities use quotas to favor minorities over Caucasians during recruitment, baked goods were priced based on the ethnicity of the buyer. Asian males were charged the most, while Caucasian males paid a little more than Caucasian females. African-Americans and Hispanics were charged less, and Native Americans walked off with free goods.
The point? Don't hire faculty and admit students based on skin tone. Make judgments based on character and qualifications. Brian Whittaker, president of the CCAV, is quoted as saying, "What ever happened to Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream that people not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character?” Says one coalition student, "The American way is we are all supposed to be the same...we all have the same opportunity." He believes that if we are all equal we should all be treated the same way. Thus the illustration.
The students seem to have pulled off the event peacefully.