Movie Monday: Peanut Butter Racist Time


September 10, 2012 by Ish

Portland Public Schools and Dr. Verenice Gutierrez, Principal of the Harvey Scott School in that district, have added perhaps the most ridiculous new entry to the AMSOC Lexicon of Racist Language: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

WelfareGolfChairChicago… Someone send a message to GOP headquarters, because my secret decoder ring is clearly broken.


2 thoughts on “Movie Monday: Peanut Butter Racist Time

  1. Stuart the Viking says:

    Did I understand that right? Were they saying that the teacher shouldn’t use peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as an example in class because the minority kids didn’t eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?

    I had two thoughts on this.

    1) I’m pretty sure that I have seen at least Hispanic and Black children eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I’m also pretty sure that most kids will at least know what they are, or are smart enough to figure it out (OR duh, it’s a school, teach them).

    2) They suggested asking the minority kids what they eat instead of peanut butter sandwiches. To me, this would set up peanut butter sandwiches as “normal”. Isn’t constantly pointing out that the minority kids are “different” just as (or probably more) damaging than just moving on with the lesson? In my experience with children, if you don’t go making a big deal about something it won’t be a big deal. If you freak out about it, then it becomes a big deal (whether it really is or not).


    • Ish says:

      I’m just shocked no one in the comments was whining about peanut-induced allergic gastroenteritis and anaphylaxis….

      The real thing that gets to me about this sort of cultural claptrap is, on the surface, there is a bit of logic and reason to it. Children from different ethnic or cultural backgrounds have, well, different backgrounds. Heck, in my own life, my eldest daughter attends a private school that keeps kosher, many of her fellow first graders would regard something as seemingly universal as McDonald’s as utterly alien to them as they probably keep kosher at home… Different backgrounds exist.

      But, you can’t just teach teachers that different backgrounds exist and they should be mindful of it. Oh no. That can be done in a five-minute aside during the first Childhood Education 101 seminar as the teacher’s pickup their undergrad degrees… That won’t do at all. We need to have continuing education, workshops, lectures, books, books-on-tape, a fifteen part DVD series, and a weeklong seminar in Vegas.

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