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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?

John Stossel is host of "Stossel" on the Fox Business Network. He's the author of "Give Me a Break" and of "Myth, Lies, and Downright Stupidity." To find out more about John Stossel, visit his site at <a href="http://www.johnstossel.com" <http://www.johnstossel.com>>johnstossel.com</a>. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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John,
I e-mailed Bill O'Reilly that it is VERY possible to be a WHITE African American. So, the term African American in discribing a Negro is redundant.
Joe Orr
Alpharetta, GA
Comment: #1
Posted by: Joe Orr
Tue Nov 9, 2010 8:24 PM
John,
I e-mailed Bill O'Reilly that it is VERY possible to be a WHITE African American. So, the term African American in discribing a Negro is redundant.
Joe Orr
Alpharetta, GA
Comment: #2
Posted by: Joe Orr
Tue Nov 9, 2010 8:24 PM
Discrimination in any form is wrong, and that includes affirmative action. But while you're at it, why not set different price points based on age? Given that employment opportunities diminish as one grows older, and seemingly evaporate for those over 60, you could give the cupcakes away to 20-somethings and refuse to sell them to senior citizens. Now that would parallel real life!
Comment: #3
Posted by: Richard Dineley
Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:10 PM
I've seen the same thing being a white male. I went to college and applied for goverment grants. Out of the 20 that were available I didn't qualify for 19 of them because I didn't live in section 8 housing. I was not considered poor nor was I female. I couldn't get in a bunch of the programs because of the color of my skin. I find this rather disturbing that I'm being segregated this way. Our country might as well say if you were born here and are white you shouldn't expect a thing but if you are a minority we'll cover it for you. It is disturbing that we have organizations BET (black entertainment television) yet we don't have a WET. This country and it's priorites are going down hill fast. Sad to say I'm really not proud to call myself an American with the way things are going.
Comment: #4
Posted by: leeland
Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:29 PM
Free speech is an essential part of the college experience, and it must be supported at every avenue. Indeed, Bucknell University claims to support the rights of its students in its own handbook. As a former member of the BUCC -- the group who sponsored the bake sale -- and a current student at Bucknell University, I recall how upset I was to see my school shutdown my organization's event, and the resulting issues which arose in the subsequent months. Prompted by this, I helped lead the BUCC's free-speech campaign both through its events and articles in its magazine "The Counterweight."

Stossel's study of this issue is interesting, but the simple fact is that this post -- and probably the upcoming show -- neglect to note dates, probably because they debunk the pertinence of this issue. This event was over a year ago. Bucknell University hasn't shut down or limited any of the BUCC's events since, and it likely won't make that same mistake again.

We all appreciate FIRE's support, but its work -- either by listing Bucknell University in its worst "abuses of free speech on campus" in "U.S. News & World Report," participating in columns and broadcasts such as this, the billboard on Route 15, etc. -- at the school today appears to be unnecessary. Yes, the issues in policy still exist on paper, but significant progress has been in practice. Now, with a new administration, students have the opportunity to right Bucknell University's wrongs once and for all. FIRE's onslaught, however, has yet to give our new president a chance to think about the issues at hand. Because he hasn't been given a chance to act, there's no evidence to suggest that he would allow such issues to ever happen again.

FIRE needs to stop painting a false picture of Bucknell University as a member of the "worst of the worst" until the school has earned that palette, and Stossel and others must stop supplying the brushes.
Comment: #5
Posted by: John Stevenson
Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:03 PM
This is just how it is since the liberal started pushing for Equal Opportunities and we end up losing all the best mind! And where they are needed most in Government positions and in offices working for our Government and then they wonder why we are failing in our system of Equality; because we settle for less, not more great minds! So if your Black or Hispanic and your on welfare you have a better chance at becoming President! That's what it looks like to me with Obama in the White House. The Liberals got it their way! And for the rest of us were licking the bottom of his shoes whose on welfare! All your whole life and they wonder why our economy looks like crap. Were giving a way great minds and losing all the work ethics and we wonder why were fast becoming a weak Nation. And if your over 55 don't expect to find a job but you sure wont qualify for any aid or welfare if you have any retirement savings you worked for all your life, you will be forced to pay your own Health insurance if you want to continue living! And even then you will be paying more even though its not for you, its for those lazy bastards that don't want to work! If you have any money in the bank the Government will try to find ways to take it! They want only deadbeats taking welfare or enjoying themselves, and even though you worked your whole life you are out of the quotient for any equal opportunity if your over 55. Because the Government will try its best to put you in a coffin before your 65 or 70 so you wont be able to collect social security! They want it! You work your whole life and what do you get when you retire, your lucky to be alive is what the Government is trying to make come true! If you have any need for Drs. stay away from them or they will kill you off! Because the Asian educated and the white hard workers are not needed any more, the Government is wanting to have slaves not rich be the healthy citizens. Believe me if your Asian, or educated and a hard worker, the Government will find a way to take what you work hard for to feed those poor lazy bastards! Its so true! If you believe anything less about discrimination, you are either part of the problem or the problem!
Comment: #6
Posted by: Susana
Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:02 AM
This is just how it is since the liberal started pushing for Equal Opportunities and we end up losing all the best mind! And where they are needed most in Government positions and in offices working for our Government and then they wonder why we are failing in our system of Equality; because we settle for less, not more great minds! So if your Black or Hispanic and your on welfare you have a better chance at becoming President! That's what it looks like to me with Obama in the White House. The Liberals got it their way! And for the rest of us were licking the bottom of his shoes whose on welfare! All your whole life and they wonder why our economy looks like crap. Were giving a way great minds and losing all the work ethics and we wonder why were fast becoming a weak Nation. And if your over 55 don't expect to find a job but you sure wont qualify for any aid or welfare if you have any retirement savings you worked for all your life, you will be forced to pay your own Health insurance if you want to continue living! And even then you will be pa\ying more even though its not for you, its for those lazy bastards that don't want to work! If you have any money in the bank the Government will try to find ways to take it! They want only deadbeats taking welfare or enjoying themselves, and even though you worked your whole life you are out of the quotient for any equal opportunity if your over 55. Because the Government will try its best to put you in a coffin before your 65 or 70 so you wont be able to collect social security! They want it! You work your whole life and what do you get when you retire, your lucky to be alive is what the Government is trying to make come true! If you have any need for Drs. stay away from them or they will kill you off! Because the Asian educated and the white hard workers are not needed any more, the Government is wanting to have slaves not rich be the healthy citizens. Believe me if your Asian, or educated and a hard worker, the Government will find a way to take what you work hard for to feed those poor lazy bastards! Its so true! If you believe anything less about discrimination, you are either part of the problem or the problem!
Comment: #7
Posted by: Susana
Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:29 AM
The freedom of speech portion of the First Amendment had at its roots, the British practice of licensing, only, publishers that did not speak against the government. When the Bill of Rights was approved, each colony/State was considered a sovereign nation, much the same as France, Spain, England, Italy, etc. The States became united (lower case intentional) and through the Bill of Rights, protected the States from an over-reaching Federal government. Corrupt people, inveigled their way as politicians, lawyers and judges into the system of government at all levels and subverted the original intentions of the founders of this radical new experiment in government. Now, we have the fruits of their nefarious labors and we are much the worse for it. I am not an elected official, but I will stake my life, my fortune and my sacred honor in defending our great nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
Comment: #8
Posted by: David Henricks
Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:13 PM
First of all, as a college educated African American soldier, I'm all for affirmative action. At the same time, I'm equally for its ultimate repeal, save for one conditon: ALL preferences, subsidies, and set-asides have to be abolished, too. That means EVERYONE eats what they kill in this society. EVERYONE. No more GI Bill, cheap VA loans or government health care for military personnel (it had its merits when there was a conscription army; but why should Americans prop up the income streams of certain people just because they CHOOSE a career?). No more housing subsidies so that policemen, firemen, and teachers can live in the areas they serve (ditto). End the Peace Corps; and while you're at it, eliminate the federal student aid program as well. Kill the tarriffs and subsidies that protect the American farmer, and stop supporting failed or dying industries that exist just to keep people employed. No more legacy admissions policies for wealthy children of colege alumni, and all scholarships should be based on academic MERIT, and not by virtue of one's ability to put a ball through a hoop or play the cello. End Medicare and Social Security, so that tomorrow's generation don't have to bankroll the ungrateful and unproductive elderly of today (death panels save millions), and no more senior citizens discounts at restaurants (why should they get a 50 cent cup of coffee just because they were fortunate enough to see 65? Why profit from an accident of longevity?). Immediately discharge all military personnel who aren't citizens, and send them back with the illegals who'd otherwise benefit from the DREAM Act. Keep same-sex marriages illegal. Ban Indian casinos; they're discriminatory as well. Go ahead, do it, do it all. If we're going to say any preference based on anything but merit is discriminatory, then ALL variations of preferences are, in essence, discriminatory. BUT, is that the point? Should someone's gain necessarily have to come at my loss? I'm not Hispanic, I don't have a dog in the fight...yet. But if we send back the thousands of loyal, dutiful soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who serve honorably WITHOUT enjoying the privilege of citizenship that too many of us take for granted, those who know and appreciate our ways of life and our tendencies, and whose know-how and expertise would ultimately benefit a foreign government at our expense, then my dog is in the ring. If lower-income people have one less incentive to do well, because their children don't have quality teachers in their classrooms, or lack adequate police personnel to keep the streets safe, then my dogs are in. If a college education are undermined because of the ability to pay, and low-killed labor continue to be siphoned off to developing nations, leaving a dearth of opportunity, who benefits? Do you benefit when there's another conflict but not nearly enough men and women to fight? The point of it all is that this nation is all about preferences; the modern middle class was built on preferences that benefitted people based on military service, civil service, educational opportunity, skilled labor, and, yes, race, gender, and sexual orientation. To take that away takes away what makes America what it is and has always been. Sorry, but life is not a zero-sum game, and to eliminate preferences simply because someone other than you directly benefits not only negates the indirect benefits you receive, but will also create a far larger redistribution of wealth than any so-called socialist program conjured up by tea party fearmongering.
And for YOU, Susana, it's about equal OPPORTUNITY, not equal RESULTS. If you can't make it with all the privileges you've been given, that's YOUR problem, not mine. Obama, to my knowledge, was never on the welfare dole; most Harvard-educated men aren't. Stop blaming blacks and Hispanics for your problems. Get over your sense of entitlement. I worked damn hard for everything I have. Most peope do. And most successful people focus on making their lots in life better, instead of worrying about what they think somebody else is getting. As ignorant and unenlightened as you come across, I cringe at the thought of how worse off you'd be if you'd ever get your way.
Comment: #9
Posted by: Therren Dunham
Tue Dec 7, 2010 10:54 AM
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