Saturday, October 1, 2011

Just Desserts

On Saturday mornings, I normally have an open thread. Today, I want to make up for my recent rants about my alma mater, and highlight the bravery of the UC Berkeley college Republicans. After threats from the Student Senate and the administration, the club decided making a statement about affirmative action was worth the risk. So instead of the open thread, I'm simply linking in its entirety the Zombie.com take on the Affirmative Action Bake Sale: Bake Sale.

The cover picture is the bake sale being held in Sproul Plaza (directly in front of the Sproul Hall administration building where I spent some of my finest years at Berkeley agitating for free speech). What we got was free speech for left-wing radicals--students and professors. Everyone else should just shut up. The building in the background is the U C Students Union. What is not shown is the Black Students Union building which was created a few decades after I left as "race neutrality" devolved into "racial preferences."

What spurred the Republicans into having the bake sale was the latest attempt by Governor Jerry Moonbeam Brown and the Democratic legislature to undo the will of the people of the State of California. California was in the forefront of passing initiatives prohibiting racial discrimination or preferences in public hiring and education. The current attack on racial equality will probably fail in the courts, since the California Civil Rights Initiative was ensconced in the California Constitution, and a simple legislative act cannot undo a constitutional amendment. But that won't stop the leftists and race-baiters from trying.

Enjoy the Zombie article, laugh and cry at the pictures, and be sure to watch the embedded videos. Then get back to me with your thoughts. Have fun!

11 comments:

Tennessee Jed said...

Bravo, Berkeley Republicans; thanks for linking this, Hawk!!

Joel Farnham said...

LawHawk,

All I can say is Cool! Good to know there are some people at Berzerkeley who aren't brain-dead. :-)

BevfromNYC said...

I love this kind of stuff, but why didn't the Health Department shut them down? Did they have a permit to sell cupcakes? Where were they baked? In NYC, they wouldn't make it passed Bloomberg's Bakesale Brownshirts. He banned those kind of offensive and dangerous activities long ago!

Now that I got THAT off my chest, how is making white men pay MORE discriminatory towards minorities again? I don't know if it is cut that way or what, but why is it the Republican kids are just so much more clear about what they are doing than those protesting (BTW, more on THAT subject later this afternoon...)

LawHawkRFD said...

Tennessee: Just lettin' ya know we're not all bad. LOL

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: It's been a funny thing that Berkeley got the rep for being in the forefront of left-wing sillyism back in the 60s (I contributed to that rep), but over the years the radicalism has grown on other UC campuses to the point where Berkeley almost seems moderate by comparison. UC Santa Cruz is far more radical, and UC Irvine has become Jihadist U. UC Monterey is antiwar and antimilitary, and it is ironically built largely on a former military base. Berkeley and UCLA both have such large Asian-American student populations that academics are often more important than anti-American demonstrations.

LawHawkRFD said...

Bev: UC Berkeley is a land-grant charter university (a legal distinction which sets it aside from other traditional universities). It is a city within a city, and has its own administration, government, police force and public authorities. The mayor of Berkeley has no authority on campus, and the Berkeley police and health authorities can operate on the university grounds only if invited by the university administration. The city of Berkeley is (unbelievably) even farther to the left than the university, and if they had a free hand, the bake sale would never have gone forward.

T-Rav said...

LawHawk, are you implying that Asian-Americans only care about getting good grades and nothing else? RACIST!!!

Also, that's sad; I was under the impression that other UC campuses were a little saner. Guess not.

LawHawkRFD said...

T-Rav: Yeah, I know, I plead guilty to stereotyping the Asian-Americans as the "model minorities." But sometimes stereotypes are true.

There are a few campuses which are not as radical as the seminal Berkeley campus. UC San Diego is quite sane, and if you like to surf, UC Santa Barbara is the school for you. UC Riverside is for students who like to pretend they're attending a California university that doesn't seem like it's actually in California.

AndrewPrice said...

Lawhawk, I think it's great the college Republicans did this and I'm not surprised the left is upset about them exposing how affirmative action works.

LawHawkRFD said...

Andrew: What I find particularly uplifting is the fact that the Club had plenty of notice that it faced serious discipline and even possible expulsion, and did what they felt was right anyway. More power to 'em.

Koshcat said...

Awesome. Just awesome.

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