In what has become a recurring ritual on campuses across America, a chapter of Young Republicans at Berkeley held an “Affirmative Action Bake Sale”, satirizing the notion of racial preferences. The usual suspects had the usual conniptions, and were backed by the standard diversity apparatus, personified in this case by Gibor Basri, UCB’s vice chancellor for equity and diversity, who justified his $194,000 per annum by telling the NYT that ““A lot of students, especially students of color, read [the bake sale] as placing a higher value on white students.” Leaving aside the fact that charging white guys the maximum (as the bake sale did) actually seems to imply the urge to reward (and therefore value) the other folks (or perhaps in the current parlance, the Other folks), one must wonder how many times this sort of thing can happen. It already seems like there have been more performances of the AABS than of The Mousetrap, and it should be drawing yawns by now, but hey — give the people what they want, right? And apparently what they want is a chance to feel outraged.
Students in the ever-expanding roster of official campus victim groups flatter themselves that by attending what is in fact the most caring, protective, and opportunity-rich institution in the history of the world, they are braving unspeakable threats to their ego and even to their physical safety.
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