Affirmative Action Bake Sale

David Bernstein at The Volokh Conspiracy has posted an exchange between a reader and a Seattle Times columnist on the subject of an Affirmative Action Bake Sale. For those unfamiliar with that concept, you have a bake sale and charge different people different amounts for the same product- so a white male might pay $2 for a cookie and a hispanic female $.25 for the same cookie. It’s meant to highlight the injustice of affirmative action, and it makes lefties really mad.

Bruce Ramsey’s comments are spot on, and do a great job of highlighting the doublespeak that pervades any discussion of such issues today.

2. Your terms, “assail” and “slap in the face” and “direct action” willfully obscure the distinction between words and physical assault. My “assailing” and the College Republicans’ “slap in the face”, both of which suggest physical assault, were in truth WORDS; and the minority students’ “direct action,” which is a term deliberately unclear, was in truth a PHYSICAL ASSAULT. There is a difference. Words are protected by the Constitution; physical assaults are not.

Read the whole thing.

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