Buy a cupcake, support racism

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
Billy Rainsford
October 6, 2011

In his column, Bill Rainsford discusses the September 27 bake sale held by the College Republicans at the University of California, Berkley. The prices at the bake sale were fixed based on a person’s gender and race to protest the potential reinstatement of affirmative action in college admissions. Rainsford notes that hosting a racist bake sale is not the correct way to protest it, which brings him to the concept of “privilege.” He cites the essay “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., associate director of Wellesley Centers for Women, which describes the “daily effects of white privilege,” and how racism is a subtle, underlying theme to our society.

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