Monday, September 26, 2011

The Grand History of the Affirmative Action Bake Sale

By Ellen Cushing
Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 11:28 AM

As the Cal College Republicans' "affirmative action bake sale" — at which patrons are charged differently for pastries based on race and gender — becomes national news, Slate's ever-informative Dave Weigel has a fascinating piece on the (apparently long) history of the phenomenon, which dates back at least nine years to a 2002 sale of "quota cookies" at the University of New Mexico. Weigel's ultimate conclusions:

1) Inflation isn't much of a problem for baked goods. The dollar baseline has remained strong for nearly a decade.

2) It's awfully fortunate that intellectual originality isn't as much of a factor in admission as race is.

Read the full post here.

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