Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Why Doesn't the Anti-Affirmative Action Bake Sale Offer Discounts for Men?

By Rachel Swan
Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Yesterday we told you about the Berkeley College Republicans' "anti-affirmative action bake sale," a stunt to protest proposed legislation that would allow college admissions boards to take race and gender into account when considering new applicants. The bake sale offers discounts based on race and gender: White/Caucasian” going for $2, "Asian/American American" for $1.50, "Latino/Hispanic" for $1, "Black/African American" for 75 cents, and "Native American" for a quarter, plus a 25-cent discount is offered for women. Yet, as caller to this morning's KQED Forum program pointed out, there's a big flaw (well, probably a few big flaws) in the protestors' logic — namely, the discount for women. New research by the National Center for Educational Statistics makes it clear that, with men's college admission rates declining at a much faster rate than women, men would be far more likely to benefit from any sort of preferential treatment. Therefore, they should get the .25 discount. Berkeley College Republicans club president Shawn Lewis, who was invited to speak on the show, countered that the discounts were based on "history," not logic.

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