- SXSW 2014
On Wednesday, the Young Conservatives of Texas held a bake sale to speak out against affirmative action, a hot topic on campus since the Fisher v. University of Texas case began.
The Young Conservatives of Texas hosted a bake sale to speak out against affirmative action on the West Mall on Wednesday.
The group's goal was to demonstrate four main ideas through the bake sale: it may be demeaning to minorities to say that they need affirmative action to succeed; a society cannot truly be color blind until they stop making decisions based on race; affirmative action may create reverse discrimination; because of affirmative action, a minority may beat out someone more capable for a job or school, simply because of race or gender.
The bake sale featured reduced pricing for customers based off race and ethnicity. According to the signs at the bake sale, prices for whites were $2; Asians, $1.50; Latinos, $1; Blacks, $.75; and Native Americans, $.25. There was a $.25 discount for all women.
Lorenzo Garcia, president of UT-YCT told Total Frat Move the point of the event was to spark a political discussion.
“Whether it’s the affirmative action bake sale or other things that are pretty controversial, we’re trying to prove a point,” Garcia said. “The thing with college kids is, you have to do something like this to get their attention.”
UT-YCT certainly achieved their goal. There were more than 20 comments on the organization’s Facebook page, arguing over affirmative action.
Facebook user, Karan Dodia, commented on a photo of the bake sale that UT-YCT members have “collectively, not yet come to understand what systemic oppression Americans of color have endured for centuries.”
In opposition, another Facebook user, Allison Ngo, responded that she refuses to let America “lower its standards and include ‘race’ as a factor when people should be striving to the best that they can.”
On the day of the bake sale, Garcia said they received a mixture of reactions from students.
“Some people looked at our stuff and were horrified as they walked by. Other people actually high fived us,” Garcia said. “A lot of people don’t even know that race is used as an admission factor, so that’s sort of the point of this. It pisses some people off, some people think it’s funny, but it’s still educational and intellectual at the same time.”
Garcia is Hispanic and comes from a middle class family.
“I’m kind of living proof that the whole [pro affirmative action] argument is complete conjecture,” Garcia said. “If they really want equality, to quote Martin Luther King Jr., judge a man not by the color of his skin but the content of his character, and that’s what we strive to abide by or live by.”