UT vice president condemns ‘affirmative action bake sale’

Students protest bake sale at UT (KXAN Photo)
Students protest bake sale at UT (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A top University of Texas at Austin official condemned an “affirmative action bake sale” held on campus Wednesday.

The UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) sold baked goods to students at varying prices based on their race and gender. YCT held a similar bake sale in September 2013.

“YCT joins a handful of student groups at other universities who over the years have used the same reductive tactic to garner the spotlight for their views on affirmative action,” Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, said. “Such methods are inflammatory and demeaning.”

Vincent says the group is creating an environment of exclusion and disrespect among the campus community. “Although it is their right to do so, it is deplorable that a few students took advantage of this open forum to direct negative sentiment toward their peers,” Vincent continued in his statement.

UT junior Joshua Lambert said, “It’s a poor analogy. It wasn’t a good idea. Affirmative Action is a much more complicated issue than this. But this opened up a gateway for people to talk about it.”

This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld UT’s use of affirmative action in college admissions. YCT issued a statement Wednesday saying they will continue to speak out on “institutional racism.”

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