Young Conservatives bake sale at UT sparks racism furor

AUSTIN - The Young Conservatives of Texas chapter at the University of Texas at Austin sparked a protest with an affirmative action bake sale on campus Wednesday afternoon.

The club encouraged students to “to buy a cookie from us and talk about the disastrous policy that is affirmative action.”

The Young Conservatives UT chapter, or YCT-UT, priced cookies on a tiered pricing model “to illustrate this disastrous policy that demeans minorities on our campus by placing labels of race and gender on their accomplishments,” according to the event description posted on the YCT-UT Facebook page.

These items and prices were listed on the bake sale sign:

  • Asian male $1.50
  • Asian female $1.25
  • White male $1.00
  • White female $.75
  • African American male $.50
  • African American female $.25
  • Hispanic male $.50
  • Hispanic female $.25
  • Native American FREE

“YCT is a truly colorblind organization,” the Facebook event reads, “and believes that all government institutions are constitutionally prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race in all circumstances, including affirmative action.”

As news of the bake sale spread around the UT campus, some outraged students began protesting.

According to an Instagram post, this is an award-winning Young Conservatives chapter.

Several Twitter users had another gripe with the event: the bake sale cookies were apparently not home baked — they look to be store bought.


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