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Are PB&J Sandwiches Racist?

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Okay, so I try to be sensitive to cultural differences and anything that be considered offensive or exclusionary.  But this one is over the top ridiculous.

Have you seen this?

Meet Verenice Gutierrez.  She’s a principal at a K-8 school in Oregon.  She believes the good old PB&J sandwich is racist, discriminatory and problematic.  Apparently a teacher made the grave mistake of talking about PB&J with her students but not discussing other meal options for students.

“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?,” she said. “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.”

Look, I understand there are many cultures, traditions and backgrounds and we all learn from each other.  But eliminating discussion of something like a PB&J sandwich because it may offend someone? Now we’re getting really carried away.

I’ll have an overloaded, dripping-on-to-the-plate, peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  With some whole milk.  Please?  (Yes, I love whole milk.  That’s for another discussion!)

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