Conservative Bruins Defend Civil Rights Against Government Racism
Members of Young Americans for Liberty, an official student organization at the University of California - Los Angeles, gathered on Bruin Walk Friday to protest calls by their student government officers to implement racial quotas for university admissions. The event, which was formatted as a bake sale with food prices that vary based on race and ethnicity, was held on Friday, October 25th.
The event comes on the heels of a UCLA Student Government-led protest to repeal civil rights laws in California that ban discrimination or preferential treatment towards college applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity or national origin.
"The UCLA Student Government seems to want to turn back the clock on civil rights. We've come so far by treating people as individuals here in California and it is an insult to the hard work of so many Bruins of color that their achievements would be better rewarded by grouping people based on race." said Young Americans for Liberty officer Armando Araujo.
On numerous occasions while planning the bake sale, the Young Americans for Liberty were approached by UCLA faculty and staff to suggest that they consider cancelling the event, since many left-wing political opponents have organized a campaign to have the administration condemn the event on the basis of content they deem offensive.
"We are not going to stop our event, because we refuse to let these racist, left-wing policy proposals masquerade as the politically correct thing to do." said David Guo, Co-President of UCLA Young Americans for Liberty.
"If people find the Affirmative Action Bake Sale offensive, then they should really take offense to Affirmative Action policies that violate our civil rights. It would be even more offensive if the law treated students like this when it came to college admissions, and we know that most Americans feel the same way," Guo said.
Contrary to many critics' predictions, since the introduction of the California Civil Rights Initiative, graduation rates among minority students have increased and lopsided enrollment of white students has not occurred. Asians, for example, represent only 15% of California's general population, but also make up more than 30% of the UCLA student body – a number virtually equal to whites, who with Latinos and African Americans are also underrepresented at the campus relative to their demographic numbers.