If you live in Portland, Oregon, and you were going to pack your kids a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch–well, you might want to think twice.
Harvey Scott K-8 School, a public school in Portland, Oregon, has become a nationwide controversy–after the school’s principal, Verenice Gutierrez, declared the childhood favorite “racist.”
Her logic? Peanut butter and jelly is racist–because some immigrant groups don’t eat them.
“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Gutierrez said in an interview with the Portland Tribute. “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.”
Since not *all* Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, that apparently means anyone eating it is a horrible racist. So your children should put down the sandwich immediately: lest they “offend” some kids that would rather eat pita bread.
These are the kind of people who are running the system that’s educating of America’s children. People who gets offended by a sandwich.
Unfortunately, Principal Gutierrez has a long history of racism when it comes to how she runs Harvey Scott K-8 School.
During the school’s lunch hour (when, presumably, the offensive sandwiches were served), Harvey Scott K-8 School also offered a segregated lunchtime drum class that’s limited to middle school black and Hispanic boys only. Girls, white boys, or Asian boys are strictly prohibited.
That also attracted controversy. At least one parent, who wrote an anonymous letter, called the race and gender-segregated class “blatant discrimination.”
“When white people do it, it is not a problem,” she said. “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.”
Wanting your children to participate in a taxpayer-funded drum class, but being turned away because of their gender or their skin color, is apparently unfair “privilege” in a public school these days, according to Gutierrez.
But, when a school is run by a principal who actively speaks outs against “racist” peanut butter and jelly, it’s clear that she’s not working for all students at Harvey Scott K-8 School.