Everyone's favorite chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas is back with another shitty publicity stunt meant to foster dialogue about the issues at the University of Texas in Austin. After they hit the scene with their Affirmative Action Bake Sale (copied from the College Republicans of UC Berkeley) where they sold baked goods for different prices depending on the race of their customers, YCT decided they're going to make a real bold statement about the state of immigration. By hosting an undocumented immigrant manhunt game "this upcoming Wednesday."
Students could win a $25 gift certificate (if it's not to Applebee's, it's not worth playing) for "catching" some student with an a shirt marked "illegal immigrant." No better way to get attention than paying college students to pay attention to you.
According to the Facebook event page:
The purpose of this event is to spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration, and how it affects our everyday lives.
I have to admit, this is some clever, high-minded marketing. Here are some more interactive ways to deal with The Issues:
- Having students collect postage stamps with pictures food on them to spark discussion about food stamps
- Making student drink as much olive oil as they can in 5 minutes to promote discourse about fracking
- Burying students in a coffin underground with one hour of air and having them guide a rescue team to them to start the conversation about the mass graves found in Mexico
- Having students draw straws to kick off a powwow about the relationship between race, education, and drugs. And then using those straws to snort laundry detergent powder.
Young Conservatives of Texas, you're welcome.
[Texas Tribune, Facebook]