As the Cal College Republicans’ “affirmative action bake sale” — at which patrons are charged differently for pastries based on race and gender — becomes national news, Slate’s ever-informative Dave Weigel has a fascinating piece on the (apparently long) history of the phenomenon, which dates back at least nine years to a 2002 sale of “quota cookies” at the University of New Mexico. Weigel’s ultimate conclusions:
1) Inflation isn’t much of a problem for baked goods. The dollar baseline has remained strong for nearly a decade.
2) It’s awfully fortunate that intellectual originality isn’t as much of a factor in admission as race is.
Read the full post here.