Monday, November 25, 2013
Did you know that eating or even talking about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich could be considered racist?
That’s right. Apparently, it’s because people in some cultures don’t eat sandwich bread. Verenice Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School in Portland explained in and interview with the Portland Tribune:
“Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year,” the Tribune said.
“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Gutierrez asked. “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.”
…The Tribune noted that the school started the new year with “intensive staff trainings, frequent staff meetings, classroom observations and other initiatives,” to help educators understand their own “white privilege,” in order to “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,” the Tribune added.
Gutierrez completed a week-long seminar called “Coaching for Educational Equity,” a program the Tribune says focuses “on race and how it affects life.” She also serves on an administrative committee that focuses on systematic racism.
“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 in data teams, team meetings, staff meetings, and conversations amongst one another,” she said in a letter to staff.
You can read more about principal Gutierrez’s sandwich-sensitivity philosophy here.
Next time you’re in the bread aisle at the grocery store, you may want to think twice. Sensitive liberal educators are now recommending the “torta” or the “pita” as a more culturally inclusive alternative.
Now that you’ve been made aware of the evil of PB&J, there’s only one question left to answer: Is white bread more racist than whole wheat?
Leading cardiologist says Mexican food is the world's most deadly
Working on conventional but probably wrong assumptions. Mexican life expectations are not the best but you would have to factor bullets into that as well as enchiladas
TURN down those tacos. Eschew that enchilada. Quell your craving for quesadillas. A leading Mexican cardiologist says that Mexican food is officially the world's most lethal.
Dr Enrique C. Morales Villegas, director of the Cardiometabolic Research Centre in Aguascalientes, Mexico, made the extraordinary statement overnight that his national cuisine is more dangerous than the sludge served up by fast food chains. "It's a combination of fried food, junk food and soft drinks," the good doctor said.
With obesity reaching frightening levels in Mexico - 73 per cent of women, 69 per cent of men and 35 per cent of adolescents are overweight - Dr Villegas then proceeded to take a heavy-handed swipe at the lifestyle of his countrymen and women.
"The philosophy of life is around comfort. People eat too much and every day they watch four hours of TV, spend two hours at the computer and do less than 10 minutes of physical activity."
Dr Villegas has proposed that the Mexican government measures the glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) of all 18-year-olds with repeat assessment every three years.
"The prevalence of overweight and obesity in Mexico is one of the highest in the world and the problem is increasing in all age groups," he told the Mexican Congress of Cardiology.
"Obesity begins in childhood and persists into adolescence and adulthood."
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