Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich is Racist, Says Portland School Official
Did you know that eating or even talking about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich could be considered racist?
Apparently, it‚Äôs because people in some cultures don‚Äôt eat sandwich bread. Verenice Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School in Portland explained in and interview with the Portland Tribune:
‚ÄúTake the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year,‚ÄĚ the Tribune said.
‚ÄúWhat about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?‚ÄĚ Gutierrez asked. ‚ÄúAnother way would be to say: ‚ÄėAmericans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?‚Äô Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.‚ÄĚ
‚Ä¶The Tribune noted that the school started the new year with ‚Äúintensive staff trainings, frequent staff meetings, classroom observations and other initiatives,‚ÄĚ to help educators understand their own ‚Äúwhite privilege,‚ÄĚ in order to ‚Äúchange their teaching practices to boost minority students‚Äô performance.‚ÄĚ"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 ‚ÄĒ to examine a news article and discuss the ‚Äėwhite privilege‚Äô it conveys,‚ÄĚ the Tribune added.
Gutierrez completed a week-long seminar called ‚ÄúCoaching for Educational Equity,‚ÄĚ a program the Tribune says focuses ‚Äúon race and how it affects life.‚ÄĚ She also serves on an administrative committee that focuses on systematic racism.
‚ÄúOur focus school and our Superintendent‚Äôs mandate that we improve education for students of color, particularly Black and Brown boys, will provide us with many opportunities to use the protocols of Courageous Conversations in data teams, team meetings, staff meetings, and conversations amongst one another,‚ÄĚ she said in a letter to staff.
You can read more about principal Gutierrez‚Äôs sandwich-sensitivity philosophy here.
Next time you‚Äôre in the bread aisle at the grocery store, you may want to think twice. Sensitive liberal educators are now recommending the ‚Äútorta‚ÄĚ or the ‚Äúpita‚ÄĚ as a more culturally inclusive alternative.
WHat are your thoughts?