|Peanut butter. Global, not racist.|
The Portland Tribune
recently wrote about a program in Portland public schools called "courageous conversations", where educators attend training sessions and meetings designed to understand their own 'white privilege' so that they can "change their teaching practices to boost minority students' performance".
The assumption that educators in the public school system are "privileged and white" was irksome, but what really killed me is the quote from Verenice Gutierrez, who inferred that a peanut butter sandwich is racist, after one of her teachers used the lunchroom staple in a school lesson last semester.
"What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?" says Gutierrez, a principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School in Northeast Portland.
"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."
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