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Is anyone else as tired of this nonsense as I am?

It is America – not 100 different little ethnic and racial groups, all of which must be catered too. And this is another branch of the “fairness” argument that is just as bankrupt as the rest:

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.”

Guitierrez, along with all of Portland Public Schools’ principals, will start the new school year off this week by drilling in on the language of “Courageous Conversations,” the district-wide equity training being implemented in every building in phases during the past few years.

Through intensive staff trainings, frequent staff meetings, classroom observations and other initiatives, the premise is that if educators can understand their own “white privilege,” then they can change their teaching practices to boost minority students’ performance.

Last Wednesday, the first day of the school year for staff, for example, the first item of business for teachers at Scott School was to have a Courageous Conversation — to examine a news article and discuss the “white privilege” it conveys.

PB&J is about unthinking “white privilege”? Really? And because some Somali kid or Hispanic student, who chose to come here, may have never had one, others should think of what they’re eating in racial terms?

And then, let’s make them as separate from the rest of us as we can by highlighting the fact that they may never have seen such a thing (when in fact, if they’ve been going to school for more than a day, they’ve likely had PB&J in the school lunch room).

If America is a melting pot, not a salad bowl, then why should there be any problem discussing something that is fairly basic to American culture? Did the Somali kid come here to be a Somali or an American?

And what has a PB&J sandwich to do with “white privilege”? Do American’s of Hispanic decent not eat them? African-Amerians? Asian-Americans? Of course they do.

What has it to do with just “whites?”

This is the sort of nonsense that divides people into little insular groups that identify with their ethnicity or race before they identify more broadly as Americans. It is precisely the opposite of the idea of cultural assimilation that has made this country one of the strongest and most diverse in the world. It is a step backward, in fact multiple steps backwards.

People like Guitierrez should be ignored. They are the ones who continue to make race and ethnicity, i.e. “multiculturalism”, into the culturally divisive mess it has become. Here’s a fact that folks like Guitierrez won’t like: All cultures aren’t equal. And if one chooses to come here, then it is the American culture that they should learn. Not become some outpost of a culture they willingly fled.

America isn’t about how you did it in the old country. In fact, if it is anything it is about not doing it how you did it in the old country. We had a whole revolution based on that. You may have heard of it.

You’re not in the old country anymore. It is about this new country. And the way you learn about a new country is through cultural immersion. And that includes PB&J sandwiches without explanation or guilt.


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20 Responses to Is anyone else as tired of this nonsense as I am?

  • The ultimate question (that can not ever be utter, like Voldemort) comes down to:

    Can we really ever have a true multi-cultural diversity if we have to continually bend our own personal cultural habits to those of everybody else ?

    In other words, why do I have to be anything other than tolerant ?  Having other people be different is the entire point of a true multi-cultural diversity society.  If I keep modifying the way I act, aren’t I destroying the beauty of that diversity ?
    These folks aren’t trying to have diversity.  They are trying to become what they aren’t.

  • Am I tired of it?  Oh, LOOOOOOOOONNNNNGGGG ago.
    I don’t put up with it.  Which is one reason I don’t live in Portland…or any placed remotely LIKE it.
    Also, I have come to feel that having a kid in most public schools is tantamount to child abuse.  I would not expose a child to that kind of Collectivist stupid.
    We DO have a culture.  It is a very STRONG culture, but it is being corrupted by the likes of Bill Ayers, following along in the Frankfurt School model.

  • Oh yes … you’re not alone!

  • Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day.

    I have no doubt whatsoever that this is true. Indeed, she’s probably assaulted by it constantly. In the grocery store. At the veterinarian. Watching TV. Raking leaves in her yard. Sleeping.
    I’d bet she’s constantly on the lookout for it, and only finding it gives her the sweet, sweet validation she crave.

    • That isn’t the “subtle language of racism.”  That’s the subtle language of a twisted mind.
      I’ve always believed that a mind is a terrible thing (to waste).

  • Teachers and their unions have used their own racism as an excuse for years.  They have lowered standards and yet still failed to teach.  Their constant cry for more money has produced more failure.  Their excuse for failure is that they are forced to deal with minorities and or poor families.  It is their racist views that minorities and the poor have lower intelligence that has caused the warehousing environment.  Setting high standards and vouchers for private options is the only way to save our children.

  • “Who might not eat sandwiches”?
    What does he think a torta IS, anyway? It’s a “hispanic” … sandwich.
    (Well, the Mexican thing with that name is – it’s not like the US has a lot of Spanish/Portugese immigrants. And I’m pretty sure the idea of the sandwich is not entirely foreign to Spain either.)

    • You’d be hard-put to find a major culture anywhere in the world that did not have a “sandwich” equivalent.  Think spring rolls, shawarma, etc.

    • My personal experience with children is that they will eat anything put in front of them (that isn’t good for them).

  • I find it interesting that a food, PBJ, = white in her world… but if I were to associate a food with a black person I would be racist.  And to Dale’s point, I’m sure she is out there looking for it everywhere.  Pathetic.

  • If the “old country” was so great, then why are you here?

    • To educate us in how great the old country was!  We’re fools who fled, now those who stayed behind have come to save us from the wilderness!

  • Of course, next the leftist extremists will say that “Being white is RACIST.”

  • Question, exactly how should I feel right now about dietary racism?   I just finished having pita and garlic hummus, I’m drinking a Weihenstephan Krobinian beer, munching on sushi.   And I snuck a raspberry rugelach in when no one was looking (don’t tell!!!).
    Tell me!  Am I still a white guy?  (full disclosture, my grandfather ate potatos and said quaint things like “begorrah” and “saint’s preserve us!” , a lot).

  • Subway Sandwiches has 604 stores in Mexico.
    I think the kids know what a sandwich is.
    Also, guess what the word for sandwich is in Spanish…no seriously, guess.

  • I know some languages asign gender (masculine, feminine, neuter) to words, but this is the first time I have heard race assigned to words. Is it the same for all languages? Since Watermelon is obviously black, are Sandia and Tikiti also black? Am I allowed to eat foods outside my racial and/or ethnic category? Most importantly, who gets custody of ‘Beer’?

    • “Most importantly, who gets custody of ‘Beer’?”
      Well, I’m ethnically OK on the Scotch front so I’ll happily pass up the sandwiches and watermelon.

  • What about Obama? he is half white and half black. does that mean it is racist for him to eat PB&J AND watermelon? What about fried chicken? Does that racist in the white house even care that his food choices are causing many people mental anguish?