A few days ago I blogged about an SFGate opinion piece masquerading as a news item about the upcoming affirmative action bake sale on the Berkeley campus. And now, SFGate is publishing an opinion piece opinion piece about the event. The essay in question is written by Chip Johnson, who really is a SFGate columnist, of which at first I wasn’t sure. The opinion piece contains the following bits of wisdom:
There are few places in America more reactionary than a college campus, and among them, UC Berkeley is a leader.
The bake sale creators have no understanding of how race works in America.
There is a distinct difference between criticizing an idea in the public marketplace, criticizing a public figure and criticizing a group based solely on an ethnic, religious, social or economic difference. Rich or poor, white, black, Asian or Latino, it doesn’t matter. You can only meet people one at a time.
There’s not only a distinct difference, but a distinguishable line whenever the issue is race relations: You never, ever, ever speak in generalizations about any ethnic group, because people of similar color and ethnic makeup aren’t all the same.