Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cupcakes - AA Style


To me a cupcake represents a little slice of heaven, sure to spike the sugar levels in my body and pump me full of feel good serotonin and dopamine.  I'm sure somewhere someone scientific has documented that looking at a picture of a cupcake, such as the one above, causes the release of feel good chemicals in your brain.  (You're welcome, by the way, for the photo and subsequent feel good chemicals.) On a non-scientific note my father insists we actually have two stomachs, one of which is specifically designated for dessert, hence why there is always room for dessert.  Now, with all that in mind, when has a cupcake ever been anything more than a delicious little bundle of love?  I'll tell you:  when students at Berkeley College use them as an Affirmative Action example.  

According to Wikipedia "Affirmative Action" refers to policies that take factors including "race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin" into consideration in order to benefit an underrepresented group, usually as a means to counter the effects of a history of discrimination.
These college students decided it was a good idea to hold a bake sale where the price of their cupcakes are dependent upon the purchaser's race, much as CA Senate Bills 185 and 387 are taking race into account.  Apparently the pricing structure was "meant to be satirical, while urging students to think more critically about the implications of [these policies]."  While their intentions were good, the reactions which have resulted have been less than constructive (one student threatened to set the cupcakes on fire!)  If you are interested in reading more about the situation, the full article can be found here

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