The UC Berkeley College Republicans club recently found themselves engulfed in controversy, after announcing they would be holding a bake sale with items priced based on the ethnicity, race and gender of the student buying the item.
The controversy, which has been reported on by the New York Times, the Huffington Post and other large news sources across the country, ignited students to protest the event.
Students held a “black out” protest on Tuesday in Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus, in which students dressed in all black and lied down on the ground for over two hours.
The College Republican club said that its bake sale was not meant to be racist, rather they were attempting to protest a California senate bill which would allow admission officers to consider the race of a student when accepting or rejecting them from a UC.
Despite the uproar, Tuesday’s bake sale was held, although the prices were changed. The bake sale sold out of goods in the early afternoon.
Ten UC Irvine students were recently found guilty of disrupting a speech made by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. The students, who were all Muslim, yelled out comments during the speech relating to the Israeli-Muslim conflict.
The students were sentenced to 56 hours of community service and were put on probation for three years, until the service is complete, when the probation period will be reduced to one year.
Of the students, who have been informally referred to as the “Irvine 11,” seven attend UC Irvine and three are from UC Riverside.
– Hannah Strumwasser