Here is something for your “You Must Be Joking!” file.
From Portland comes this bizarre story.
Portland school sees racism in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches [You can't make this … stuff up.]
In an effort to combat perceived discrimination, one Portland school seems to have gone off the deep end by suggesting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches carry racist connotations, Twitchy reported Monday.
According to the Portland Tribune, Verenice Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School, “picks up on the subtle language of racism” on a daily basis.
“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.”
“Insert flabbergasted face,” the Twitchy staff wrote.
One person asked on Twitter: “[W]hat’s the verdict on grilled cheese? Racist? Sexist?” [YES! Clearly, that's racist. Any food that does not include all possible ethnic connotations is RACIST. Otherwise, perhaps we should start serving the kiddies Soylent Green.]
“The food at my kids’ schools hates everyone,” tweeted Melissa Clouthier.
With the suggestion that a sandwich is racist, Twitchy said the discussion on race “has moved beyond slack-jawed incredulity into total self-parody territory.”
“What is racist about a child’s lunch, one might ask? Peanut butter and jelly, of course! You racists probably even use black currant jelly sometimes. On white bread,” Twitchy added.
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.” [I wonder what the student test scores are in that school.]
“Guess what? When everything is racist, then nothing actually is,” Twitchy said.
This is crazy stuff.
To think that my old friend Archbp. Sample has to try to function in that town.