Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day.
Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year.
“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” says Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, a diverse school of 500 students in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood.
“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.” –Portland Tribune
Take a good look, America. Take a good hard look. This is our education system. This incoherent rambling about racist sandwiches is the type of stuff kids hear every day, all over the country. In Portland there is a principle condemning the bigotry of our favorite legume based lunch. Next week, there will be a superintendent in Cincinnati accusing chestnuts of being lazy. In a couple months, we’ll have a dean in Peoria claiming he invented the question mark. I’d say it’s high time we start thinking about holding these people accountable. Looking at you Chicago Teachers Union.
And besides, everyone knows that a Reuben is by far the most racist sandwich. So salty and bitter.