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Columbia College Conservative Club to Hold an "Affirmative Action Bake Sale" on February 5th.
The Columbia College Conservative Club ^ | February 4, 2002 | Ron Lewenberg

Posted on 02/04/2004 10:36:43 PM PST by rmlew

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 from 12 to 1. 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. If it is offensive for some that a person of a particular race should purchase junk food for less than a member of another group, is it less racist for members of one group to be admitted with fewer qualifications than one in another group? Just as 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.

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Interview Contact:

Mark Xue
President
Conservative@columbia.edu
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/conservative

Ron Lewenberg
Founder
r_lewenberg@yahoo.com


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: academia; affirmactionbakesale; bakesale; columbia; columbiau; columbiauniversity; conservativeclub; education; freep; freespeechprotest; quotas; racialpreferences
This event is only open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.
While this event may go off without a hitch, I assume that the Bake Sale will be shut down either directly by the administration or due to a security threat. Either way, President Lee Bollinger will be held accountable.
For purposes of security, I am bringing a tape recorder and camera to the event.

I hope that I can count on the help of other Freepers when the excrement hits the fan.

1 posted on 02/04/2004 10:36:45 PM PST by rmlew
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To: rmlew
May I recommend that almond cookies and bhaklava be placed on the list of items to be sold?

Perhaps, you can auction particular desserts to the highest bidder. Subsidies can be provided for under bid items.
2 posted on 02/04/2004 11:30:59 PM PST by bonesmccoy (defend America...get vaccinated.)
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To: rmlew
good luck bump.
3 posted on 02/05/2004 1:22:22 AM PST by Drango (Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.)
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To: rmlew
GS 86'. woa I'm so glad to be away from that campus.
4 posted on 02/05/2004 5:50:38 AM PST by ckilmer
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To: rmlew
I'm really bored with this whole bake sale thing.
5 posted on 02/05/2004 5:51:15 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
You wouldn't be bored if you had to face down a pack of howling leftists and race baiters.
6 posted on 02/05/2004 6:36:28 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies foreign and domestic agree: Bush must be destroyed.)
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To: justshutupandtakeit
Done that before when I was working for Jesse Helms on a college campus. After a while, you recognize the ignorance of the masses.
7 posted on 02/05/2004 6:45:24 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
It is staggering.
8 posted on 02/05/2004 6:52:03 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies foreign and domestic agree: Bush must be destroyed.)
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To: rmlew
I'm not bored with bake sales and think this is an excellent tactic.

Yes, the shrieking mob is ignorant and intolerant, but who knows, you might plant the seeds of doubt in some -- doubt of the beneficence of group-think authoritarian Leftism.

Sorry I don't go into NYC anymore or I would be there with you.

9 posted on 02/05/2004 7:50:08 AM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: rmlew
Bringing a tape recorder and camera is an excellent idea.

Leftists get testy when their hypocrisy is waved around in public, and feel mean-spirited urges to silence or injure those who have embarrassed them.

Best of luck, and we'll look forward to your after-action report.
10 posted on 02/05/2004 7:58:20 AM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: AppyPappy
I'm really bored with this whole bake sale thing.

Well, try to live with it as best you can.

11 posted on 02/05/2004 7:59:29 AM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: AppyPappy
The idea is dated, but it works.
1. Columbia refuses to publish the racial and religious statistics for the university. It also refuses to release the admission standards.
2. The new president of the university is LEE BOLLINGER. He was the defendant in the Gratz and Grutter cases as the former president of UMich.

Ron.
PS. I gotta go pick up some brownies!

12 posted on 02/05/2004 8:11:54 AM PST by rmlew (Peaceniks and isolationists are objectively pro-Terrorist)
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To: rmlew
Good luck! If you know somebody who can bring a video camera, that would be even better.
13 posted on 02/05/2004 8:12:03 AM PST by Nea Wood (I want my country back.)
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To: rmlew
For purposes of security, I am bringing a tape recorder and camera to the event.

Very good idea.

14 posted on 02/05/2004 8:14:05 AM PST by Sloth (It doesn't take 60 seats to control the Senate; it only takes 102 testicles.)
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To: rmlew
You need 2 cameras. One to record the event. A second (out of sight) to record the primary camera operator as the Left tries to destroy the evidence.
15 posted on 02/05/2004 9:47:40 AM PST by moneyrunner (I have not flattered its rank breath, nor bowed to its idolatries a patient knee.)
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To: rmlew
Good luck and God speed! There are probably few campuses which need a little Conservative humor more.

William Flax Return Of The Gods Web Site

16 posted on 02/05/2004 10:01:06 AM PST by Ohioan
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To: rmlew
Any update on the sale?
17 posted on 02/05/2004 12:28:44 PM PST by Buck W.
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To: bonesmccoy; Drango; ckilmer; justshutupandtakeit; AppyPappy; shhrubbery!; Interesting Times; ...
I thought an after action report would be appropriate.
The event went surprisingly well. Despite being situated between a "Defend Affirmative Action" table run by the International Socialist Organization (Trotskyites) and a "End the Death Penalty" table, the response was mostly civil. We didn't sell much, but we had a lot of people come by.
We got covereage from the NY Sun, CU Daly Spectator, and some journalism school students.

I'll post pictures later.

18 posted on 02/05/2004 12:45:04 PM PST by rmlew (Peaceniks and isolationists are objectively pro-Terrorist)
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To: rmlew
Always glad to see another bake sale. If someone here is bored with it, I can assure them that it is new and novel to the student body of each school it is tried.
19 posted on 02/05/2004 1:11:27 PM PST by Ziva
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To: rmlew
I'm guessing the socialist probably didn't buy any cookies...

Thanks for the update.
20 posted on 02/05/2004 1:43:48 PM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: Interesting Times
I'm guessing the socialist probably didn't buy any cookies...
Nope. We sold some, but only one to a commie. We ate a few. The rest are being frozen for the group meeting on monday.
21 posted on 02/05/2004 2:11:24 PM PST by rmlew (Peaceniks and isolationists are objectively pro-Terrorist)
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To: rmlew
Good job Rm!

I guess the black militants took the day off today. Wasn't Columbia filled with black militants about 15 years ago?

22 posted on 02/05/2004 4:54:48 PM PST by Clemenza (East side, West side, all around the town. Tripping the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York)
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To: rmlew
Excellent work, rm. I love the idea of these bake sales. Even if you've heard of them before, it must be quite different to actually approach the bake sale wanting a cookie and be required to pay according to your location in the Crayola box. Looking forward to the pictures.
23 posted on 02/05/2004 6:30:25 PM PST by firebrand
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To: firebrand
We went further.
Columbia is about 25 to 30% Jewish and about 15% asian.
We had white men pay 1.20 annd Jews and Asians pay 1.50.
Of course having the table manned by 2 Jews, on Chinese-American, and one wasp prevent anoyone from calling us racist.

We had fun with the commies. They were arguing that we were racist for opposing discrimination.

24 posted on 02/05/2004 11:22:05 PM PST by rmlew (Peaceniks and isolationists are objectively pro-Terrorist)
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To: rmlew
We sold some, but only one to a commie.

Hilarious! What did you charge him? -- No, let me guess, it had to be the highest price possible! Did he call you capitalist pigs as he munched away?

Maybe you'll sell more at the next bake sale if you market them as vegan cookies.

Thanks for the report.

25 posted on 02/06/2004 5:26:38 AM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: rmlew
On FR

Columbia University's Hidden Saudi Funding

Columbia University failed to report a list of foreign donors to the New York State Department of Education - including a $250,000 donation from an unidentified Saudi Arabian - more than five months after it was required to do so by law.

26 posted on 02/06/2004 8:16:12 AM PST by syriacus (Why are re-enactments like Plimouth Plantation OK, but Gibson's Passion is not OK?)
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To: AppyPappy
"I'm really bored with this whole bake sale thing."

Its a saner alternative to armed insurrection.
27 posted on 02/06/2004 9:01:06 AM PST by Rebelbase ( <a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">miserable failure put it in your tagline too!)
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To: syriacus
We have made an issue of this.
28 posted on 02/06/2004 10:01:31 AM PST by rmlew (Peaceniks and isolationists are objectively pro-Terrorist)
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To: All
We got some rather biased coverage from the school paper: Bake Sale Prompts Debate In Lerner.
to quote Mark's response to the article:
They ignored completely the asians that were rooting us on before the socialists arrived. Like it or not, asians (particularly males) are very cognizant that they get the shaft when it comes to college admissions on the basis of affirmative action, and often lay the blame on students they percieve to have gotten an easy ride. One place where Affirmative action serves only to perpetuate racism.

It also shows the effect that the socialists had. By showing up andbasically screaming that we were racists and facists, they managed to stifle any sort of intellectual discussion. I found it interesting to talk with anyone else; but with the iso it was like talking to a wall.

"It's all racist, man! When kids in brooklyn get shot by cops we need affirmative action to compensate!"
"How does getting more minorities into Columbia solve the supposed problem of cops targeting blacks?"
"It's all a system, man!"

_sigh_

It is always scary to run into people who make the current crop of Democrat candidates seem sane.
29 posted on 02/06/2004 10:05:39 AM PST by rmlew (Peaceniks and isolationists are objectively pro-Terrorist)
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To: rmlew
We had fun with the commies. They were arguing that we were racist for opposing discrimination.

I would love to have heard this.

30 posted on 02/06/2004 11:13:47 AM PST by firebrand
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To: rmlew
good luck to you!
31 posted on 02/06/2004 4:05:01 PM PST by merry10
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To: AppyPappy
I'm really bored with this whole bake sale thing.

How about a nice game like Affirmative Action Jeopardy?

32 posted on 02/07/2004 5:04:14 PM PST by Zoey
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To: Zoey
This is a terrific idea. I wonder if the minorities would even catch on that their questions were easier. They usually seem to find a way to miss the point of these kinds of things.
33 posted on 02/08/2004 2:32:23 PM PST by floydibanezer
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To: rmlew
According to today's on-line Spectator, the CCCC (Columbia College Conservative Club?) has apologized for the bake sale.

Do you know anything about this?
34 posted on 02/24/2004 10:13:43 AM PST by Piranha
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To: rmlew
bump
35 posted on 02/24/2004 10:15:54 AM PST by Lady Eileen
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To: Piranha; Lady Eileen; Hobsonphile; All
We apologised for any misinterpritation of the event as a racist attack. We also explained our position. (Although I am a grad, I say "our" because I was there with the brownies) None of this was covered in the Spectator.
I am writting a response to 2 articles and an editorial that ran today. Below is the message I sent out to the group.

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If you are on campus and have not read the current edition of the Spectator, I suggest that you do so. You can also read the articles online.

STAFF EDITORIAL: Reactions to Racism
The editorial’s claim that one must walk a mile in the shoes of a minority is condescending. Since when are 3 Jews and one Asian not ethnic minorities?
However, even if the people running the Bake sale had all been WASPs, we still know what it is like to be a minority. Conservatives are the one minority that can be discriminated against. Professors mock us in class and in forums. In many departments there is not even a token conservative for the pretence of ideological balance. I would suggest that the smug editors of the Spectator try being ideological minorities on campus for a bit, before they create a hostile learning environment for conservatives.

The editorial shows a compete lack of understanding of our argument. Regardless of the speech from the impeached and disbarred former President Clinton, our event was an attack at the systemic racism at Columbia. We were making fun of institutional bias and racial discrimination hiding under the pretence of racial diversity.

As if to underline our status as minorities, President Bollinger took time from his national campaign to defend intuitional bias to condemn us. Bollinger Speaks Out Against 'Offensive Speech'
I must say that the bias of this article was astounding. Not once did they bother to quote a member of C4 or look at our apology. We were simply made to look guilty, as if we were the ones judging by race.

This one sided “reporting” was repeated in an article on the protest against our event and other “racist” incidents:
Close to 300 Stage Silent Protest on Steps Groups Link Cartoon to Bake Sale, Fliers

I believe that some kind of response is warranted. At the very least we should send in a formal letter to the editor.
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36 posted on 02/24/2004 11:08:30 AM PST by rmlew (Peaceniks and isolationists are objectively pro-Terrorist)
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