Last month, the Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Department of State announced that phrases like “holding down the fort” and “rule of thumb” could be racially driven expressions. Now, the political correctness police have added another offender to the list: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
An Oregon school principal believes that eating peanut butter and jelly could be an act of intolerance. Verenice Gutierrez of Harvey Scott K-8 School encourages students who eat peanut butter and jelly to ask students of other nationalities: “‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”
Gutierrez had a question of her own that she wants people to consider: “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?”
Portland Public Schools are kicking off a campaign that encourages teachers to acknowledge their “white privilege.”
Gutierrez wrote a letter to her staff: “Our focus school and our Superintendent’s mandate that we improve education for students of color, particularly Black and Brown boys, will provide us with many opportunities to use the protocols of Courageous Conversations in data teams, team meetings, staff meetings, and conversations amongst one another.”
Robb Cowie, the communications director for Portland Public Schools, said that the problem extends beyond just a sandwich.
“Certainly a sandwich isn’t going to do it in itself,” he said. “But it is one of those things that we want to be aware of in all aspects of our instructional practice.”