UT Young Conservatives Didn’t Get Response They Hoped For After Hosting Affirmative Action Bake Sale

The University of Texas chapter of Young Conservatives decided to host an affirmative action bake sale Wednesday, Oct. 26 in an attempt to comment on the policy they deem unfair.

This bake sale comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision dismissing Abigail Fisher’s claims of discrimination because she was not accepted into the Austin university in 2008.

Protests broke out on the campus’ West Mall after conservatives began selling baked goods based on a person’s race. On a large chart, prices for Asian-American customers were $1.50-1.25 for goods. Then, the prices continued to decrease.

According to FOX 7 Austin, Whites, Black people and Hispanics would pay between $1 and 25 cents, while Native Americans received pastries for free. The organizers claim that counter-protesters took their signs and baked goods, called them racist and were overly aggressive in response.

“The act of putting financial values on certain groups of people, based on their gender or race, is a really prominent way to engage in racism in 2016,” UT Student President Kevin Helgren says.  “Affirmative action is a policy that allows the University of Texas to recruit a more diverse student body.”

FOX 7 reports that students will continue the discussion in a more productive way.

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