From this article (hat tip to Chuck Thinks Right):
Oregon Principal Claims That Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwiches Might Be RacistThe entire article is HERE.
Portland, OR – Elementary school principal Verenice Gutierrez suggested that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches might be racist and culturally offensive during an interview with the Portland Tribune....We now live in a world that is so politically correct, that what we eat for lunch might offend others dining at the same table. The Harvey Scott K-8 administrator was discussing the district’s equity training program which was created to lessen the achievement gap, when comparing the popular lunchbox staple to potential racism.
The Oregon principal “picks up on the subtle language of racism” every day, and used the seemingly innocent looking peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to illustrate her point, according to Fox News.
Verenice Gutierrez had this to say about the allegedly offensive bread spread:
“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. What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?”
The district’s equity program is entitled, “Courageous Conversation” and it is designed to take educators on a journey through an intense course so they can understand their own white privilege...
Chuck's rant on the topic is HERE.
I know for a FACT that similar idiocy also goes on in the Fairfax County Public Schools here in Northern Virginia.
Every grading quarter, teachers are hauled in for in-service days loaded with the kind of nonsense that Gutierrez spouts in the excerpt above, and principals are FORCED to make sure that they submit paperwork showing how culturally diverse and culturally sensitive every single activity is.
To keep your job in the system, you have to listen to and put into practice this insanity.
One of my best friends serves as principal at one of the elementary schools, and she and I had occasion to have a long conversation yesterday. The 2012-2013 school term will be her last year, and she can't wait to get the hell out because she's been fighting an uphill battle for over seven years with the political correctness idiocy emanating from the top.
It's a wonder that any learning at all is taking place!
And my friend entered the public education profession with such high hopes. Her hopes were completely dashed about three years ago. That timing involving the past three years – just a coincidence, of course. NOT!