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I'm Politically Incorrect ^ | November 10, 2010 | John Stossel

Posted on 11/10/2010 2:39:06 PM PST by Kaslin

This week, I held a bake sale -- a racist bake sale. I stood in midtown Manhattan shouting, "Cupcakes for sale." My price list read:

Asians -- $1.50

Whites -- $1.00

Blacks/Latinos -- 50 cents

People stared. One yelled, "What is funny to you about people who are less privileged?" A black woman said, angrily, "It's very offensive, very demeaning!" One black man accused me of poisoning the cupcakes.

I understand why people got angry. What I did was hurtful to some. My bake sale mimicked what some conservative college students did at Bucknell University. The students wanted to satirize their school's affirmative action policy, which makes it easier for blacks and Hispanics to get admitted.

I think affirmative action is racism -- and therefore wrong. If a private school like Bucknell wants to have such policies to increase diversity, fine. But government-imposed affirmative action is offensive. Equality before the law means government should treat citizens equally.

But it doesn't. Our racist government says that any school receiving federal tax dollars, even if only in the form of federal aid to students, must comply with affirmative action rules, and some states have enacted their own policies.

Advocates of affirmative action argue it is needed because of historic discrimination. Maybe that was true in 1970, but it's no longer true. Affirmative action is now part of the minority special privilege machine, an indispensable component of which is perpetual victimhood.

All the Bucknell students wanted was a campus discussion about that. Why not? A university is supposed to be a place for open discussion, but some topics are apparently off-limits.

About an hour after the students began their "affirmative action" sale, the associate dean of students shut it down. He said it was because the prices charged were different from those listed on the permissions application. An offer to change the prices was rejected. Then the club's application to hold another sale was rejected. Ironically, the associate dean said it would violate the schools nondiscrimination policy! He would authorize a debate on affirmative action, but nothing else.

How ridiculous! Fortunately, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has come to the students' defense. "Using this absurd logic, Bucknell would have to require its College Democrats to say nothing political on campus unless they give equal time to Republican candidates at their events, or its Catholic Campus Ministry to remain silent about abortion unless it holds a debate and invites pro-choice activists to speak," FIRE's Adam Kissel said. "While students are free to host debates, they must not be required to provide a platform for their ideological opponents. Rather, those opponents must be free to spread their own messages and host their own events."

Right. My affirmative action cupcake "event" led to some interesting discussions. One young woman began by criticizing me, "It's absolutely wrong." But after I raised the parallel with college admissions, she said: "No race of people is worth more than another. Or less."

But do you believe in affirmative action in colleges? I asked.

"I used to," she replied.

Those are the kind discussions students should have.

Affirmative action wasn't the only issue that brought conservative Bucknell students grief. When they tried to protest President Obama's $787 billion "stimulus" spending last year by handing out fake dollar bills, the school stopped them for violating rules against soliciting! According to FIRE, Bucknell's solicitation policy covers only sales and fundraising, which the students were not engaged in, but the school rejected the students' appeal, saying permission was needed to distribute "anything, from Bibles to other matter." Absurd! The Bucknell administration tells me it stopped the anti-stimulus protest because the students had not registered to use that busy campus space. FIRE disputes that.

"Distributing protest literature is an American free-speech tradition that dates to before the founding of the United States," Kissel said. "Why is Bucknell so afraid of students handing out 'Bibles (or) other matter' that might provide challenging perspectives? Colleges are supposed to be marketplaces of ideas, but Bucknell is betraying this ideal."

It is, indeed. Why are America's institutions of higher learning so fearful?

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: action; affirmative; bake; college; cupcake; racism; speech; stossel

1 posted on 11/10/2010 2:39:08 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Progressives only want Free Speech for themselves. Any opposition is bigotry in their mind.

2 posted on 11/10/2010 2:46:41 PM PST by DHSMostWanted (I'm too good to be a Democrat)
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To: DHSMostWanted

Is that supposed to be news?

3 posted on 11/10/2010 2:47:58 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Not at all.

4 posted on 11/10/2010 2:55:57 PM PST by DHSMostWanted (I'm too good to be a Democrat)
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To: Kaslin

A once fine, highly rated university now has a Diversity Dean.

Pathetic. Over the past few years they have gone from one ludicrous embarrassment to the next.

5 posted on 11/10/2010 3:00:58 PM PST by Carley (WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Kaslin

The role of education is to mold compliant ‘bots for the State. Independent thinking is verboten.

6 posted on 11/10/2010 3:33:21 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic

From the Communist Manifesto:

Short Term Demands (Section II Proletarians & Communists)

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.

7 posted on 11/10/2010 3:43:18 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Kaslin

I guess I need to support my countrymen (and Women) This is a very unfortumate state of affairs.

8 posted on 11/10/2010 3:55:39 PM PST by Silentgypsy
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To: Kaslin

Unless selling cheaper cupcakes to blacks than whites or Asians could be construed as leveling the cupcake playing field, affirmative action fans would be offended, as they were.

9 posted on 11/10/2010 3:58:59 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: Kaslin

I wish to be counted among the sons/daughters os the south..
We wish we could have afforded better service.

10 posted on 11/10/2010 4:00:40 PM PST by Silentgypsy
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To: Kaslin

Asians $1.50?

11 posted on 11/11/2010 12:01:33 AM PST by Cronos (This Church is Holy,theOne Church,theTrue Church,theCatholic Church - St. Augustine)
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To: Kaslin
Just a test. Maker Faire
12 posted on 05/12/2011 1:30:52 PM PDT by super7man
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To: Kaslin

Eskimos how much?

13 posted on 05/12/2011 1:32:33 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Kaslin

I’m a bit contorted about the whole affirmative action thing.

One one hand, I hear stories of schools that have strict limits on admissions, and black youths who just barely don’t make the grade. Sometimes very promising youths.

On the other hand, you hear about schools that get some very good teachers in, next thing you know, they are getting 87% graduation rates. In the ghettos.

And truthfully, I honestly doubt that there is a single black youth in this country who COULD NOT go to college if they really applied themselves and wanted to.

So much of it is cultural, the gang mentality, smart kids getting dissed all the time...

But diversity JUST FOR THE SAKE OF DIVERSITY is such an retarded idea it’s ridiculous, because it ignores the social dynamics going on.

14 posted on 05/12/2011 1:42:53 PM PDT by djf ("Life is never fair...And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not." Oscar Wilde)
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