Columbia College Conservative Club to Hold an "Affirmative Action Bake Sale" on February 5th.
For Immediate Release
NEW YORK, NY -- February 4, 2004
On February 5, 2004 the Columbia College Conservative Club (CCCC) will hold an affirmative action bake sale (add time and location). This bake sale is not a fundraiser; it is a practical satire of race-based preference policies. It is not intended to demean or offend anyone, but to teach by analogy. It would be prejudiced to assume that members of communities historically discriminated against are unable to pay the same price as white males. It is even more racist to assume that they are unable to meet the standard admissions requirements of a prestigious university or the hiring standards of a well-known corporation. Racial preferences and set asides are discriminatory, demeaning and divisive. They have a balkanizing effect on campuses, companies, and the country.
We are holding the bake sale at the same time as Columbia's Diversity Recruiting Conference in Lerner Hall to highlight the racially discriminatory policies pressed by the university.
It is our hope that President Bollinger, famous for his support of racial preferences in the Gratz and Grutter Supreme Court cases, will uphold the rights of free speech and civil protest, he has so eloquently defended in his academic and legal briefs. In 1998, Columbia University used protests by radicals to effectively shut down Accuracy in Academia conference held by the College Republicans. In so doing, the administration not only broke a contract, but also damaged the reputation of the university.
Please join us as we stand up for individual rights and racial equality.
About the Columbia College Conservative Club:
The Columbia College Conservative Club (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/conservative) was founded to promote the ideas of liberty and individual responsibility, which formed the basis of the United States and of our continued freedom and prosperity. For all too many years these ideas have been ignored or attacked on this campus. Our goal at CCCC is to provide the necessary ideological balance to Columbia and to end the 40 years of leftist decline at the university.