“That’s your white privilege, and your whiteness…”
In a world of falling test scores, Chicago’s teachers on strike due to a 16 percent pay raise not being enough, and America’s non-stop downward spiral in the global economy, Principal Verenice Gutierrez is worried that PB&J sandwiches might be racist.
As reported by The Portland Tribune, the Oregon school administrator “picks up on the subtle language of racism every day.”
The head-honcho of the Harvey Scott K-8 School stated to The Portland Tribune:
“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?
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.”
All Portland Public Schools’ principals are required to begin the new school year by ensuring all school staff are thoroughly indoctrinated in the district-wide “Courageous Conversations” racial equity training.
Or as the paper describes it:
“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.”
The Racist Fly In The Ointment…
Unfortunately for Principal Gutierrez and others who engage in courageous conversations, the charge of racism has been aimed directly at Gutierrez herself.
The Harvey Scott School now offers a twice-a-week drum class specifically for black and Latino boys.
But a parent complained anonymously that the class amounted to:
“blatant discrimination and equity of women, Asians, whites and Native Americans.
This ‘club’ was approved by the administration, and any girls who complained were brushed off and it was not addressed.”
Gutierrez denied any discrimination and also gave the following erudite retort:
“When white people do it, it is not a problem, but if it’s for kids of color, then it’s a problem?
Break it down for me.
That’s your white privilege, and your whiteness.”
The District’s Got Her Back…
As reported by Fox News, Robb Cowie, the communications director for Portland Public Schools stated “they were aware of the story and to their knowledge it was factually accurate.”
According to Fox News, “Cowie said the district did not have a problem with the principal’s statements.”
When pressed by Fox if the school district provided any clubs strictly for white students, Cowie was quoted:
“I’m not aware of that in Portland.”
What She Said…
According to the principal’s Portland Public Schools official website, she give what many consider the standard party line to parents, as well as her unabashed opinion of herself:
“I look forward to being a part of a warm and caring school environment and working together with each of you this year.
I think you will find me to be open, honest and compassionate.”
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