PB&J. We always thought it was a neutral--albeit boring--lunch option. Seemed like the type of food that would stay out of trouble.
But in doing so, we forget that Portland exists.
The peanut butter and jelly sandwich has become the center of the latest conversation about racism in American education. In discussing how "white privilege" can find its way into the classroom, Portland principal Verenice Gutierrez claimed that when teachers reference the sandwich, they may be discriminating against groups of students
"What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?," Gutierrez told The Blaze
. "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."
If teachers mention PB&J, she believes, they should also bring up other food options. At her school, Harvey Scott K-8, 50 percent of students are Hispanic, 15 percent are black and nine percent are Asian.
So let's see . . . Chick-Fil-A is anti-gay, PB&J is racist. Please, oh please don't tell us grilled cheese is sexist. We might starve.
This post originally appeared on Daily Weekly's sister blog, Stick a Fork In It by OC Weekly.