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Warning! If you eat peanut butter sandwiches, or send them to school with kids, you are a racist.

So says Harvey Scott School Principal Dr. Verenice Gutierrez . When leading a talk about race with her staff, Gutierrez explained that peanut butter sandwiches were part of 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.”

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So be careful of what you eat, there will always be some idiot who will use it to call you racist.

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