The "diversity bake sale" price list also has it backwards. The campus republicans charged $2 to whites and $1.50 to Asians. If they stuck to the admissions data before passage of proposition 209, they should have charged Asians more than whites. The problem had become so severe, that the gap in SAT between admitted Asian and white students was larger than that between whites and blacks. That's ancient history in internet time and the only current link I could find is this lame NYT article.
In the late 1980s, administrators appeared to be limiting Asian-American admissions, prompting a federal investigation. The result was an apology by the chancellor at the time, and a vow that there would be no cap on Asian enrollment.I am embarrassed that today's students at my Alma mater could be so ignorant of history. They totally demean the value of my degree. ;)
Note also that the campus republicans charged men more than women. In actuality, colleges are admitting less qualified men over women in the name of "gender balance" due to the higher numbers and qualifications of women applying to college.
Why do white males have such a persecution complex despite contrary evidence?
Before Prop 209, it was a tough time for white students in the sciences at Cal for the same reason Ward Connerly cited for the harmful effect of affirmative action on black students. Professors assumed that white students got in on affirmative action and devoted their time and attention to the Asian students who got in on merit.
One highly qualified white classmate complained that teachers ignored him at office hours, assuming that he had only stupid questions. They would much rather take questions from Asian students, who were perceived as smarter and had higher order questions. I watched class dynamics after that and he had a good point.
Bad Dad, a white male (also a Berkeley alum), states that he doesn't feel persecuted--quite the opposite. "How can we be discriminated against when we run everything?"
But I still notice that he "drives while white". A black, latino or Asian driver could never roll through stop signs in a "California stop" in front of the police and get away with it. He insists it is fine and I have seen many a person of color stopped for driving violations that he makes every day.