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"Racist" Anti-Affirmative Action Bake Sale By Conservative Students Sparks Outrage

The Young Conservatives of Texas at the University of Texas at Austin protested affirmative action by organizing a bake sale with prices based on race and gender.

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A race- and gender-based bake sale organized by a conservative student group to protest affirmative action at the University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday has prompted outrage from students and university officials.

I am disgusted @UTAustin .. things like this should be unacceptable #UTBakeSale

The UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT-UT) said it organized the bake sale with prices based on race and gender "to illustrate this disastrous policy that demeans minorities on our campus by placing labels of race and gender on their accomplishments."

"Our protest was designed to highlight the insanity of assigning our lives value based on our race and ethnicity, rather than our talents, work ethic, and intelligence," YCT-UT Chair Vidal Castañeda said in statement. "It is insane that institutional racism, such as affirmative action, continues to allow for universities to judge me by the color of my skin rather than my actions."

In June 2013, the US Supreme Court upheld UT Austin's race-conscious admissions review process. The university had been sued by Abigail Fisher, a student who claimed that underqualified minority students were accepted at UT over her because of their race.

The bake sale listed the highest prices for Asian students followed by white students, lower prices for black and Hispanic students, while Native American students were offered items for free.

Young Conservatives "Affirmative Action" bake sale at UT; absolutely embarrassing 🤔

More than 100 students protested the bake sale on campus, which administration officials had previously rebuked back in 2013.

Students gather- they said they disagree with the Young Conservatives of Texas set out to do (protest affirmative a… https://t.co/MMGrqE4hOl

Protesters chanted "Racists go home!" at the bake sale organizers.

I refuse to tolerate racism at my school, on social media, or anywhere #UTBakeSale

President Greg Fenves said Wednesday that the bake sale did not reflect UT values, while Gregory J. Vincent, the vice president for diversity, called it "inflammatory and demeaning."

“Bake sale” does not reflect UT values. Diversity & inclusion will always be top priorities https://t.co/pM7XZHIBLU

"Focusing our attention on the provocative nature of the YCT’s actions ignores a much more important issue: they create an environment of exclusion and disrespect among our students, faculty and staff," Vincent said in a statement. "In seeking an audience for their ideas, the YCT resorted to exercising one of the university’s core values to the detriment of others. Such actions are counterproductive to true dialogue on our campus."

The protest led to several arguments and discussions between YCT members and protesters.

A crowd has began to form around two UT students who continue to discuss this matter

Two YCT members defended the idea of the anti-affirmative action bake sale to several protesters.

Smh they were preaching about affirmative action but didn't actually know what affirmative action was 🤔🤔 #utbakesale

This man literally tried to say that white privilege isn't real I am DONE

"I think that their protest [against affirmative action] was not only ignorant, it was racist," one student said.

Alexis Gonzales, UT student, tells us her opinion on the bake sale and the purpose behind it @KVRNews #utaustin

Another student said the idea of the bake sale with the sign showing race- and gender-based prices was "inherently racist."

YCT later told its members that the bake sale "took a turn when it was taken over by members of the student body who were unprofessional and far less civil than we were."

Of all the dialogue this is what you get out of your actions? That we were unprofessional?

"YCT-UT will not be deterred by liberal elites that would love nothing more than to silence conservative, common sense voices on campus," the group said in a statement.

The Young Conservatives of Texas don't back down. Stay tuned for full story + video.

"We will continue to speak out against policies that are harmful or give preferential treatment based on nothing more than immutable characteristics," the statement said.

Several other UT students took to social media to protest the bake sale, with some calling it "ridiculous."

The UT Young Conservatives Bake Sale is ridiculous. I'm embarrassed for the members of this organization.

Others said they were "disgusted" by the bake sale.

The UT "Young Conservatives of Texas" group is having a bake sale right outside where early voting is happening rig… https://t.co/PAP4OvJXoM

Some said they were proud that the student community "stood up" to the Young Conservatives.

I just wanna say I'm happy that the UT community stood up to the Young Conservatives Group bake sale. I'm proud to be a longhorn. 🤘🏾

"I am so proud of my community for standing against bigotry," one student said.

Just as much as I was disgusted by the actions of YCT I am so proud of my community for standing together against bigotry #utbakesale

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

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