All these years of eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and I never knew I was contributing to racism. And sometimes, (gasp) I even, slipped a banana or two in there. The deprivation of it all. Had I known all this, I might have simply separated the peanut butter from the jelly and ate them as individual sandwiches. Which raises the question, what the hell to do with the banana.
In Portland, Oregon, which I guess is the center of this giant controversy, the “Portland Tribune,” and “The Examiner.com” and reporter Joe Newby say that in an effort to combat perceived discrimination, one Portland school seems to have gone off the deep end by suggesting that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches carry racist connotations.
Although, I myself, have never had any peanut butter and jelly sandwich show any type of discrimination towards anyone. Usually it’s the reverse. Such as when my other half said that she would not include a banana while eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. At which point I did say to her that she was discriminating against bananas. (there was no mention in this article about discrimination against bananas in Portland)
According to the “Portland Tribune,” Verenice Gutierrez, principal of “Harvey Scott K-8 School”, “picks up on the subtle language of racism on a daily basis.”
How does she do this you ask? Considering peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are not able to communicate with those eating them. Her reasoning: “”Take the peanut butter sandwich. What about Somali or Hispanic students who might not eat sandwiches?” Guttierez asked. “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.”
Yeah, maybe with peanut butter and jelly on them too. What the hell. I would think Somali’s or Hispanic students living in the U.S. would adapt by slopping some peanut butter and jelly into a pita. Lot neater than two slices of bread if ya ask me. As far as the torta goes, well, that’s a sandwich filled with fish, peppers, onions and cheese, so I guess peanut butter and jelly might be kind of yucky if ya threw that in the mix. Maybe not….depending on if you have a cast iron stomach or not.
One person who questioned this theory about racism said, “What’s the verdict on grilled cheese? Racist? Sexist?” While another person said “white” bread might be considered racist. Geez……what the hell are these people smoking up there in Portland anyhow?
Must be the high altitude. Does really weird stuff to your brain. Like thinking peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are racist. What’s it gonna be next? Inhuman treatment of grapes forced to become raisins.
Gutierrez went on to say, “Our focus school and our Superintendent’s mandate that we improve eduction for students of color, (or who use crayons to color..my thought) particularly Black and Brown boys, which provide us with many opportunities to use the protocols of Courageous Conversations in data teams, team meetings, staff meetings, and conversations amongst one another.”
Sounds like a bunch of gobbledygook to me. And one commenter to the Tribune might agree with me when they observed, “As American as apple pie could also be seen as racist if people of color don’t eat it.”
YEAH! Right on!
I myself have seen many people of different colors eat apple pie. So I can vouch for the fact that people of many races eat it. The jury may still be out on the banana factor however.
My greatest fear is that Portland may take on ice cream. Claiming something like vanilla ice cream always comes up as people’s favorites with chocolate taking a second seat. I personally always order a banana split with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry so as not to offend anyone who may be standing in line behind me. Don’t wanna be called a racist for favoring just one ice cream color….or flavor.
And of course the banana mixed in with all that ice cream.
Might just as well play it safe lest the Banana Growers Association of America gets on my case for not having a banana in a banana split. Not to mention the monkey and ape population.
For the record, so as not to offend anyone, especially in Portland, Oregon, I also put whipped cream, nuts, cherries, jimmies, pineapple chunks, and chocolate syrup on my banana splits.
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