September 11, 2012
Portland School Principal: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches Are Racist
It seems mentioning 'sandwiches' might offend people who don't eat sandwiches.
Verenice Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, seems to believe that there are racial connotations associated with the common lunch-time meal.
According to Gutierrez, using the example of a peanut butter sandwich in classroom lessons is technically a problematic and discriminatory move — one that was made by a teacher in her building last school year. While such a notion may bring out laughs among those who find it absurd, the principal explains her logic.
“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?,” she said. “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.”
The school's contact information is HERE. Tell them what a stupid, ignorant ass the principal is. Just say it nicely.