After finishing its football season with just four wins in 12 games, Texas A&M University’s director of athletics naturally is worried about recruiting, but his concerns were focused in an unusual direction in his online column this week – campus conservatives.
Bill Byrne complained the “affirmative-action bake sale” held by the Young Conservatives of Texas A&M on Nov. 19 “plays right into the hands of those who recruit against us, in both athletics and the general student population.”
“I’m disappointed over the national attention that Texas A&M University received recently because of a few individuals and their idea of a protest,” wrote Byrne in his Nov. 26 “Wednesday Weekly” column.
The purpose of the bake sale was to protest race-based admissions policies by charging varying prices for baked goods according to a customer’s race.
“I will not sacrifice my freedom of speech because Mr. Byrne is trying to recruit athletes,” said Young Conservatives communications director Mark McCaig.
“I support Aggie sports as much as anyone, but I also take great pride in my university as a forum to learn and debate ideas,” he continued. “The Young Conservatives will not be the scapegoat for a 4-8 football team.”
Young Conservatives at Texas A&M is linked to The Campus Leadership Program, which works with 217 independent conservative groups across the country.
“Any student who likes the idea of an affirmative action bake sale can start a conservative group on their campus through CLP,” said CLP National Director Scott Stewart. “I suppose that would help level the playing field for Mr. Byrne’s recruitment efforts.”
WND columnist Walter Williams noted earlier this year a campus conservative group at UCLA offered cookies at different prices depending on the customer’s race and sex. Black, Latino and American Indian females were charged 25 cents for a cookie, while their male counterparts were charged 50 cents. White females were charged a dollar. White males were charged two dollars. Asian males and females also were charged two dollars a cookie.
“Here’s my question,” wrote Williams, a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., “for those who condemned the event: Why be offended by a money version of racial preferences? After all, it’s identical in principle to admission practices sanctioned by university communities across America.”