Don't try to dress it up in a flag and tri-cornered hat and call it patriotism.
Don't sample various explanations to see which get the loudest applause and then go with that one.
Don't say that you didn't hear the booing.
Don't try to distract folks with a long list of things that you think people want to hear so that the thing you know they don't want to hear is less out in the daylight.
And don't say or do something clearly intended to be shocking and controversial and then express your dismay that people are shocked or find what you're doing controversial.
This all started when I read about a GOP student group at Berkeley who held what they claimed was a satirical race-based bake sale to protest a bill that would allow California's university system to consider race, ethnicity and gender in admissions decisions.
The cost of baked goods for "Whites/Caucasian" was $2.00. "Asian/Asian American" pricing was $1.50. Separate pricing was also offered for Latinos and Native Americans with a discount for women as well.
The student GOP group was then, reportedly, shocked that people found what they had done to be racist.
Of course, given that the group posted on a Facebook page about the event: "Hope to see you all there! If you don't come, you're a racist!" I'm going to say that they knew exactly what they were doing.
But stepping up and saying that they were engaged in an activist protest against what they see as the mistreatment of "Caucasian/White" students by the university system is risky. After all, making a case for the oppression of individuals who identify themselves as "White/Caucasian" (1) is a difficult side to argue and, at a school like Berkeley, hardly a popular stance to take.
It's also kind of laughable.
So, instead of taking ownership, they did what a lot of folks are doing. They claimed to have been misunderstood.
Which means that I went beyond having little respect for the position that they are taking and having no respect for them as an organization.
It's a list that seems to be getting longer every day.
1. I keep putting this in quotes because this is the phrasing they used on their bake sale sign. I can't even get into the issues involved in the breakdowns.