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Guess what’s racist now? Peanut butter!

posted at 3:40 pm on September 11, 2012 by

Contrary to misconception, George Washington Carver did not invent peanut butter, which has its origins in Inca culture as early as 950 B.C. Maybe if the sticky spread were the brainchild of a black botanist, Verenice Gutierrez wouldn’t be working so hard to brand it as a “white” food—even when it’s not served on white bread.

According to the Portland Tribune, Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, in Portland, Ore., will be schooling her teachers and students in the language of “Courageous Conversations.” The ostensible goal of the program is to enable everyone in the racially diverse school to follow the lead of Gutierrez, who, the article notes, “picks up on the subtle language of racism every day.”

And what could be more racist than peanut butter, that food of white privilege? “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Gutierrez says by way of explaining the scope of the problem.

“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.” One is sorely tempted to offer suggestions about what Gutierrez can go eat.

It isn’t clear from the article what the phrase courageous conversation is supposed to mean exactly, but the premise of the program is that “if educators can understand their own ‘white privilege, then they can change their teaching practices to boost minority students’ performance.” Accordingly, on the first day of the school year for staff, the first item of business for teachers was to have a “courageous conversation”—to examine a news article and discuss the “white privilege” it conveys.

Interestingly, the article proceeds to note that the school offers a lunch-time drum class available to black and Hispanic males only. One parent who tried to initiate a courageous conversation with Gutierrez over what the parent termed as “blatant discrimination” against “women, Asians, whites, and Native Americans” found the lines of communication promptly severed.

Gutierrez denies that there is anything discriminatory about a club that caters exclusively to minority males. And if you refuse to accept her point of view, then she has another answer:

When white people do it, it is not a problem, but if it’s for kids of color, then it’s a problem? Break it down for me. That’s your white privilege, and your whiteness.

If Gutierrez can’t see the problem with this reaction, should she really be in charge of a school 26% of which is white?

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Yet another Leftard that needs a good FIRING.

wearyman on September 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Verenice Gutierrez: Another glittering jewel of public education indoctrination.

Bitter Clinger on September 11, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Wait, so giving a class on drum beating to black and hispanic boys isn’t racist, but sandwiches are? Well, it’s official. Satire is now reality. No wonder so many people think Jon Stewert is a real newsman…..

Cyhort on September 11, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Verenice Gutierrez: Another glittering jewel of public education indoctrination.

Bitter Clinger on September 11, 2012 at 3:58 PM

As much as I despise public schools, I’m guessing this level of stupidity was bought and paid for at an Ivy League school. Even sadder is the notion that, given her lack of “white privilege,” she didn’t have to part with a nickel for it.

CurtZHP on September 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Wait, so giving a class on drum beating to black and hispanic boys isn’t racist, but sandwiches are? Well, it’s official. Satire is now reality. No wonder so many people think Jon Stewert is a real newsman…..

Cyhort on September 11, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Neither is having inner city youths play basketball at midnight. At least that’s what Clinton/Gore told us in 1992-93.

CurtZHP on September 11, 2012 at 4:14 PM

“When white people do it, it is not a problem…”

What planet is this woman living on?? When in the last roughly 50 years since segregation was made unlawful was it “not a problem” for anyone to have a white-only club of any sort?? If anyone tried to open such a club openly, they’d have civil rights groups all over them like hair on a gorilla!

gravityman on September 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Guess peanut better is NOT on mo’s approved list of food for the kiddies?
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letget on September 11, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I wouldn’t put her in charge of a loaf of bread – white, wheat, or otherwise.

tdpwells on September 11, 2012 at 4:55 PM

If anyone tried to open such a club openly, they’d have civil rights groups all over them like hair on a gorilla!

gravityman on September 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Gorilla hair is black, ergo that’s racist. /Gutierrez

tdpwells on September 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM

These scum know exactly what they’re doing, which is cleaving society along every last shared cultural staple. Peanut butter is a perfect target for these scum (oh, I said that already?), because it’s an American touchstone, ergo, it must be destroyed. On whatever inroad they can get traction, they go for it. Right out of Alinksyism. Their entire relativist construction begins with ‘Why should [fill-in the oppressed minority] be expected to adapt to the ways of the dominant white culture when it comes to [fill-in odious imposition created by white people]?’

I guess I know why we have to pay attention to these scum, but the way in which we fail to smack them with dead fish says a lot more about us than them.

Western_Civ on September 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Peanut butter? Seriously? I can see watching out for kids who might have an allergy, but it’s probably really, really hard to find a kid of whatever race or national origin who wouldn’t go for some peanut butter on whatever they use for bread.

Sekhmet on September 11, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Ugh! I am so sick of these kind of people. This moron who sees “racism” around every corner shouldn’t be teaching at ANY school.

Now, I am going to put a big slab of racist peanut butter on some WHITE bread! Put that in your hypersensitive hollow head and let it bounce around a bit, you cretin.

Sterling Holobyte on September 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Oh, sorry. She is not a teacher as I intimated in my previous post, but she is a principal. Egad! That is even worse! So she is the head moron.

Sterling Holobyte on September 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Check the news articles about the kid at Towson University attempting to form a “White Student Union” and explain to me again how “When white people do it, it is not a problem” – given how many people are getting in the way and what they’re saying about him.

dentarthurdent on September 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

The plain and simple facts for the last several decades are that white clubs or organizations of any kind are not allowed and are considered racist, there can be no white scholarships, and white male owned small businesses cannot get government contracts. Everyone in this country who is NOT a white male has privileges and preferences that white males are not allowed to have.

dentarthurdent on September 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

she’s gonna have a courageous conversation very soon, and it’ll have to do with the ending of her employment

burserker on September 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM

This certainly explains why schools are turning out illiterate students — illiterate administrators.

sadatoni on September 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Obviously, this Gutierrez person is an imbecile, and she shouldn’t have a job educating children or operating heavy machinery. However, she does have a point with the following quote:

When white people do it, it is not a problem, but if it’s for kids of color, then it’s a problem? Break it down for me. That’s your white privilege, and your whiteness.

Insofar as the members of the club voluntarily self-selected themselves becausee of their interest in the activity. However, I suspect her laissez-faire attitude would come to a screeching halt if some kids tried to form a Bible study group (or young Republicans, or some other group that might self-select along lines that didn’t follow her preferences towards proper grievance)

I would love to see some kid challenge her by forming a group along those lines.

ghostwriter on September 11, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Is peanut butter still racist with chocolate?

stukinIL4now on September 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Is peanut butter still racist with chocolate?

Nah, just delicious.

Howard Portnoy on September 11, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Mitt Romney needs to talk about this for the next 57 days non-stop. This is the choice in this country. In the debates, ask Obama if he favors programs and principals like this. Get this craziness out in the open where it can be seen, discussed and dismissed. Americans will flock to Romney if he talks about this.

Incredulous1 on September 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I think I’ll be taking some peanut butter sandwiches to work with me tomorrow for lunch to show my solidarity with oppression or something.

Bitter Clinger on September 11, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Lots of tl:dr here today.

“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 …

Boys?
:shock:

Jeff2161 on September 12, 2012 at 5:47 AM

This Principal must have received the same education as Eric Holder.

HoosierStateofMind on September 12, 2012 at 9:45 AM