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Mock bake sale ignites racial tension, anger

February 11, 2005

A mock campus bake sale by students who oppose affirmative action is flaming racial tension and debate about free speech at UNC Charlotte.

The College Republicans student group is protesting at 10 a.m. Tuesday by pretending to sell cookies and brownies priced according to the buyer's race or gender. Members say the sale will illustrate how affirmative action is unfair.

Minority student groups, angered that the university has refused to stop the event, have vowed to stage a demonstration.

Similar bake sales on campuses around the country have sparked heated confrontations between white and black students.

And members of the College Republicans chapter at UNCC have been threatened with physical harm, said Elizabeth Beck, regional director of the N.C. Federation of College Republicans.

UNCC will assign a campus police officer to the mock sale to stop any potential trouble, said Michele Howard, dean of students, who acknowledged the issue has escalated racial tensions on campus.

But the school will not stop the bake sale because "this is a free speech issue," Howard said. "(College) is a forum for debate on issues."

The College Republicans is a national group with chapters throughout the country for college students who support the Republican Party. For the last two years, the 110-member chapter at UNCC has staged a mock bake sale to protest affirmative action. The students do not actually sell anything, but do put a price list on table in the center of campus... Download file "Mock bake sale ignites racial tension, anger"

Schools: University of North Carolina – Charlotte