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Your child’s school lunch and the subtle racism of peanut butter

http://twitter.com/#!/jswifty250/status/245215346934566912

No, really. This has moved beyond slack-jawed incredulity into total self-parody territory.

The food at my kids' schools hates everyone. Disgusting. RT @bdomenech: Your kid's school lunch is racist. http://t.co/dy5foFuD

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) September 10, 2012

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.

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES ARE RAAAAACIST!!!! http://t.co/AfPeVD3a

— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) September 10, 2012

Portland Schools beat the drum 4 equity http://t.co/tpmLncB4 Critical Thinking: Peanut butter sandwich is racist because of White Privilege

— drdr jojo (@drdrjojo) September 10, 2012

Everything's racist now, including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches: http://t.co/ccCz6lhp

— Rick Moore (@RickMoore) September 10, 2012

That’s right. The Handbook of Racial Code words does not just include nefarious terms like “kitchen cabinet” and “chair.” Now it exposes the “subtle racism” of … peanut butter.

The Portland Tribune, in an article titled “Schools beat the drum for equity,” reports (hard to keep a straight face typing that) on the “subtle language of racism” discovered by principal Verenice Gutierrez every day. 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.”

Insert flabbergasted face. How about this? Another way would be to say, “Shut up and let my kid eat her sammich.”

@bdomenech I just wish ppl would quit analyzing everything. They need to shut up and be glad they have a 'sammich' to eat!

— Tammy Scott (@sokmnkee) September 10, 2012

A racist sammich, you mean! The sane are quick to rightly mock this latest asinine claim.

.@jswifty250 God forbid these ppl start contemplating the racism involved in "juice" @ThePortlandTrib

— Heather (@hboulware) September 10, 2012

@jswifty250 @ThePortlandTrib With Wonder bread yes, pumpernickle's OK.

— Dan Floyd (@westpatravel) September 10, 2012

@jswifty250 All sandwichs are racist! It's the name "sandwich" the poor tortas are discriminated against! *eyeffingroll* @ThePortlandTrib

— Heather (@hboulware) September 10, 2012

Guess what? When everything is racist, then nothing actually is. Good job, idjits!

Enough with the Boy Who Cried Dog Whistle. And make us a sammich.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/09/10/updated-handbook-of-racial-code-words-your-childs-school-lunch-and-the-subtle-racism-of-peanut-butter/

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