November 21, 2013

My lunch is racist

My routine for the past few months has been to go home for lunch, to let our puppies outside for a bit and grab a quick lunch.  Usually my lunch is leftovers or a sandwich.  I have always loved peanut butter and jelly with potato chips.

I never thought that my lunch was considered racist.
Apparently, it’s because people in some cultures don’t eat sandwich bread. Verenice Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School in Portland explained to the Portland Tribune:
“Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year,” the Tribune said.
“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Gutierrez asked. “Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”
Wait a minute.  So, just because other cultures don't eat the same foods that I do, speaking about such foods is racist?  And schools are training teachers to be even more ultra-politically correct and not mention any food that could signal any relationship to a particular culture?  GMAFB
…The Tribune noted that the school started the new year with “intensive staff trainings, frequent staff meetings, classroom observations and other initiatives,” to help educators understand their own “white privilege,” in order to “change their teaching practices to boost minority students’ performance.”"Last Wednesday, the first day of the school year for staff, for example, the first item of business for teachers at Scott School was to have a Courageous Conversation — to examine a news article and discuss the ‘white privilege’ it conveys,” the Tribune added.
The link they are making is that using a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as an object in a teaching lesson conveys 'white privilege'.  Oh, shit, I can't quit laughing.  I keep thinking of that giant generic tub of peanut butter that my friend used to pick up from the WIC office when she was a teenage mother.  White privilege....BWAHAHAHA.

I fear that all common sense has left this country.

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