Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwiches Are Racist


No kidding:

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.

“Do we ever get to just make a peanut butter & jelly sandwich for a kid, or do we have to don the hairshirt whenever we do anything?” asks Ace.

You have to wonder if there isn’t a point at which Americans get tired of the grievance mongering. If it’s not racist sammiches it’s Sandra Fluke being held up as a victim of the “war on women” because, at 31 years old, she has to pay for her own birth control.

We’ve seen push back in the form of disdain for political correctness, but there is still this compulsion to make everything about victims versus oppressors. Which really stems from modern liberal politics. It’s all about servicing grievances.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • flamemeister

    “Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius.”

    Bowling balls are also racist.

    • Neiman

      “I don’t care who you are that there is funny” Larry the Cable Guy

  • Thresherman

    Racism is what I say it is and if you disagree with me, well that just proves you’re a racist.

  • $8194357

    How about the “gestapo” tactics used to “train” the educators…
    Indoctrination, re enforcement techniques and big brother over the shoulder.
    America is PC fascist toast…
    No racism on darkening a piece of bread is there?

    • flamemeister

      Of course there is!

  • mikemc1970

    Billiards is also racist. All the colored balls get hit by the white ball and the black ball is always the last to get to go in.

  • john

    Bet cream cheese would agree with this post!

    • flamemeister

      Cream cheese is just a cover-up.

      • borborygmi

        okay that is funny.

  • Kevin Flanagan

    Is equity training the new diversity training?
    If sandwiches are racist, I can just imagine how racist toast is!

    • flamemeister

      Maybe anti-Semitic, if you use a toaster oven.

      • Kevin Flanagan

        Toaster ovens might be okay but not gas ovens.

  • Michelle Adams

    If you are going to live in this country, you should show some respect and common sense and adopt this country’s culture and food. If you claim to be born here, you need to act like an American or go to your parents’ country. Simple as that. Next, they will be saying that bacon is racist or that ice cream is racist and that no one should ever eat vanilla. Or chocolate, or whatever the fixation of the day is. So sick and tired of having to cater to everyone who comes here to suck up the welfare or take the jobs, but doesn’t want to BE an AMERICAN.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      I mean, like seriously. We should totally ban ethnic food in this country until, like everyone learns to be an AMERICAN……stop coming here to take all of our jobs that we can’t hold down, and our welfare…..and be an American, who takes their job for granted, doesn’t want to work hard for minimal pay and be lazy, fat and angry at minorities. That’s like……totally AMERICAN.

      • borborygmi

        No Chinese food, no German Food, No Kosher Food, Goodbye Italian Restaurants, No Lefse, No Potatoes, No Tomatoes, No Lutefisk (okay that might be alright)……Looks like wild game, native roots and berries, maybe a little dog thrown in. The white ones were a particular delicacy. Michelle that was one of the most idiotic responses I have ever read on this board. Could you tell me what a real American eats, and acts like, looks like. Please a definition.

        • $8194357

          No “borborygmi” either?
          hee…hee. gurgle…

          • borborygmi

            of course that response has to lead to “eat me”

          • $8194357

            Of course.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          She will not understand the question.

  • borborygmi

    Not racist at all, just delish. I like tortillas and pitas also. “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.”… Perhaps you could make the case was she was pointing out the cultural difference between incoming students and what is common in American household (not racism) You left out what the original statement was. A Somali student might not have clue one what a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was. I am not sure what you found as political correctness or racist in anything that was quoted. It looks like another Shocker: Rob Port effs up the headline again, and again, and again……..

    • flamemeister

      C’mon Borbo—join the fun!

    • $8194357

      No wonder you suffer from gas…

      • borborygmi

        just a little wind.

        • $8194357

          Both ends?

  • borborygmi

    Shocker: Rob Port Headline Stirs up the Wing Nuts, They come to the defense of PBJs.
    Hey nutters eat this.

    • flamemeister


      • borborygmi

        Sorry I am a multiculturalistmoralrelativistwhodoesenjoyaPBJonceinawhileoraPBJtoastieonwholewheat(onceyougowholewheatthedarkerbreadyounevergoback)whilereadingmarxistwritingsbysomeguynamedAyerstosoIcantellR108IdidafterwhichIscanagenda21(didIgetthatright)whilenodoubtSatansitsonmyshoulderandfiddlesDevilWentDownonGeorgia.

        • flamemeister

          Are you talking with a PBJ in your mouth? Too much peanut butter?

        • $8194357

          Smooth or chunky?

          • borborygmi

            either but with homemade raspberry-pepper jelly

          • $8194357

            Rhubarb jam…
            love it..

            No matter what we seem to get fed…
            And whoever dishes it up…
            It all turns to shit tho huh…

            Political analogy intended…

  • 11B40


    I heard that if you mix the peanut butter and jelly together before putting them on the bread, the sandwich is not so racist as one might think.

    Also, there’s that whole “enthocentrism” thing that no one wants to talk about anymore because, well, “racism” is just so much more stimulating.

  • Adam

    Tolerate my intolerance, and we’ll all get along

  • headward

    I blame the NCAA.

  • James Clark

    This minority likes PB & J

    • $8194357

      White or wheat?
      That may have been rascist, huh.

  • ‘Tom Crawford

    Its not racism, its differences.
    Differences in what we eat, drink, think, our cultures.

    We should not be afraid to enjoy our own culture just because “the little boys who cried wolf” cry racism….

    We should celebrate and enjoy the differences, not be afraid to enjoy them.

    Pretty soon no one will be allowed to eat, drink or talk, because of perceived racism in what we do.

  • $34543430

    It seems like an example like: “Jose has two tacos….” would be more racist.

  • The Whistler

    I’m all for minorities having the right to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches just like us white kids.

  • Snarkie

    Please redraw the analogy between racist PB&J and Sandra Fluke. I lost ya there…

    • $34543430

      Minorities should have to buy their own PB&Js…?? Not sure either

  • VocalYokel

    “White privilege” ?

    The ancient Incas first made a paste of peanuts, and the origins of jelly can be traced back centuries ago to the Middle East…although I suppose the PC crowd will blame the Anglos for white bread.

  • borborygmi

    Philosophical ? of the day….PBJ a metaphor for cultural diversity and the blending of the cultures each contributing and enhancing or is it just seen as miscegenation by those opposed to cultural diversity? Inquiring minds want to know

  • Charlie Richardson

    So Verenice Gutierrez (the idiot principal at Scott school in Portland, Oregon) thinks that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are racist? This woman is beyond stupid and has no business being in a school. She certainly has no business being a principal of a school.

    Let this idiot principal know what you think. Contact her!

    Scott school phone number: (503) 916-6369
    Verenice Gutierrez’s email: [email protected]

    Source for contact information:

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Verenice Gutierrez is racist and ignorant.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady