This Just In: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches are RACIST!

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  1. Specter313 Ghost of all things X

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    An Oregon grade school principal suggested in a newspaper interview that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches might be racially and culturally offensive.

    “What about Somali or Hispanic students who might not eat sandwiches?” Verenice Gutierrez told the Portland Tribune.

    Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School, was being interviewed about the school district’s equity training program designed to narrow the achievement gap. The newspaper said she “picks up on the subtle language of racism every day” and used the peanut butter sandwich to illustrate her point.

    “Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ let them tell you,” she told the newspaper. “Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”

    The equity program is called “Courageous Conversation” and it involves taking educators through an intensive program so they can understand their own “white privilege,” the newspaper reported.

    Robb Cowie, the communications director for Portland Public Schools told Fox News they were aware of the story and to their knowledge it was factually accurate.

    “What we’re trying to do in our school district is to ensure that we have instruction that is meaningful and relevant to ever student in the classroom,” Cowie said.

    In some cases, that means offering programs strictly for students of color.

    The newspaper provided information about a drum corps that was set up for black and Latino boys. One parent complained that the class discriminated against women, Asians, whites and Native Americans.

    Guitierrez defended the class and denied it was discriminatory.

    “When white people do it, it is not a problem,” she told the Tribune. “But if it’s for kids of color, then it’s a problem? Break it down for me. That’s your white privilege, and your whiteness.”

    Cowie said the district did not have a problem with the principal’s statements.

    So does the school system provide clubs strictly for white students?

    “I’m not aware of that in Portland,” he said.

    “Big picture – what we are trying to encourage in our district – are educational experiences that are relevant that give kids support, encouragement, engagement,” Cowie said. “We are certainly not trying to create situations where students are excluded.”

    He said the district was addressing the issue of so-called ‘white privilege’ to even the playing field so that all children have an opportunity succeed.

    “It’s an understanding that families and students come into the educational setting with different backgrounds and different strengths and in some cases different advantages,” he said. “That translates into different educational outcomes.”

    Cowie said the district wants to narrow the achievement gap for “students of color.”

    “Persistently we have not done a good enough job educating students of color and specifically African-American students,” he told Fox News. “That’s what the program is addressing. How can we find a way to support African American students, their families – so that we are producing better outcomes and narrowing the achievement gap.”

    The story generated a number of comments from local residents outraged over the equity training program. One reader suggested that under the school’s policies, the phrase “American as apple pie” could be considered offensive.

    “I am sick of progressives’ attacks on our culture. I am offended when people coming to our country find it necessary to denigrate our culture and teachers who are teaching our children somehow feel like they have to apologize for being American,” the reader wrote.

    Another wrote: “Teaching against peanut butter sandwiches and white privilege is critical thinking? No – that is racism and radical activism.”

    And that brings us back to the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    “It’s not really about a sandwich,” he said. “It’s about how do we reach kids and speak to them through experiences that are meaningful to them – that are understandable to them so that they have an entry point into the curriculum and can engage in learning.”

    He said they don’t want to make any student feel unwelcomed – intentionally or unintentionally that might disconnect a child or a family from the educational system – even if it’s a PB&J.

    “Certainly a sandwich isn’t going to do it in itself,” he said. “But it is one of those things that we want to be aware of in all aspects of our instructional practice.”

    http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/principal-sees-racism-in-peanut-butter.html
     
  2. Jennifer Walters Attorney at Law

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    I honestly couldn't read past the first few sentences without wanting to choke this *****.
     
  3. Donnie Darko Forgotten Pre-New 52 Hero

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    If peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are racist or even culturally insensitive, then I must be the Grand Wizard of the KKK because I am 28 years old and still eat them for lunch probably 60-70% of the time at work.
     
  4. DarkSovereignty Ooga Chakka

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  5. Thundercrack85 Registered

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    I never got why apple pie is considered American.

    Pumpkin pie, sure, pumpkins are indigenous to America. But apple pie?
     
  6. Manic User title? USER TITLE?!

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    *reads the term "white privilege" in the article*

    *stands far away from the fan to avoid the incoming splatter*
     
  7. Lasirius tarifa

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    She's saying peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are racist because it's "white people food"? Lady makes no sense.
     
  8. SpideyInATree Chillin' Like a Villain

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    I went to public school my entire life with a school that was evenly white and black and I specifically remember a lot of black kids chowing down on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches about the same as the white kids.

    I guess this person doesn't realize that not just white people can be racist too. :oldrazz:
     
  9. Mindreaper21 It's Harvest Time

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    So is it still supposedly racist if it includes a baseball bat?
     
  10. Thundercrack85 Registered

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    I thought everyone liked peanut butter.
     
  11. Pink Ranger The North Remembers

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    This all seems silly, but I'm not going to rush to judgment until I find out more about this program.

    However, the issue it seeks to address is actually not as asinine as it first seems. For many children of immigrant parents, regardless of race, at the elementary school level, one of the major things that comes up for you on a daily basis that leaves you wide open to be picked on is what your parents give you for lunch.

    "Eeew, what's that? That's gross, you're gross for eating that, you must be a freak" that kind of thing. Whether this program is an effective way of dealing with it is another matter, but the broader issue itself is not a trivial one.
     
  12. Thundercrack85 Registered

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    I don't think anyone would be against a more diverse food court...

    Though honestly, with the stuff they serve in the cafeteria these days (the sauce on pizza now counts as a vegetable), even bullies would probably go for some of that foreign kid's homemade lunch.
     
  13. Hotwire Dealin' W/ Demons

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    My daughters are half Hispanic and, oh God, I fed them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!! Oh no, I'm a racist parent!
     
  14. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    I still eat pb sandwiches to this day. I'm a sellout Uncle Tom. :csad:

    But wait, peanut butter was invented by a black man! But she's saying eating is racist!

    IT'S A MADHOUSE!!!!
     
  15. Victarion Iron Captain

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    Dumbasses like this guy need to visit the shed. :o

    Edit: I'd like to call Reverend Sharpton and report the principle of disparaging the wonderful creation of George Washington Carver. :hehe:
     
  16. THUNDERSTRIKE NOTORIOUS, INGLORIOUS, VICTORIOUS

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    you peanut butter and jelly eating racist bastards, you... :o

    how DARE you?!?... LOL...
     
  17. enterthemadness The Triumvirate

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    Woohoo, so this on RED EYE this morning...
     
  18. bullets bang bang

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    Yeah that sort of thing does happen but I don't think she should be targeting PB&J sandwiches.
     
  19. Kane52630 Veridis Quo

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    "You got your food on my racism!"

    "You got your racism in my food!"

    [insert title card]
     
  20. Sloth7d Escapist

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    I, too, am of the feeling we're not getting the entire story here. That this is coming from a Fox News article makes me think the lesser on any doubt on that.
     
  21. enterthemadness The Triumvirate

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    If it came from a CNN article, no one would be talking about it cause no one goes to their site or watches their station...
     
  22. grout Registered

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    Yeah! you should go to another news network where the would rather interview the Kardashians.
     
  23. grout Registered

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    Well if I tell these people that brought this forth to eat shi* over this dumb report, thats not racist is it?
     
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    I really wonder if some people just say this garbage simply because they have a forum (yeah, I went there) to do so.
     
  25. Burgundy LaRue Registered

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    I'm a little surprised that anything peanut related is being served in schools today, with all the food allergies some children have.
     

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