White Privilege PBJ of the Day: Principals at Portland Public Schools are beginning the school year with intensive staff trainings to help educators understand their own “white privilege” — the idea being that afterward, they can change their teaching practices and sensitivity to other cultures to boost minority students’ performance.
Take PBJs, for instance:
“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” says Verenice Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School.
“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.”
Hmmm… points for trying?
I mean, sure, expecting every student in your classroom to eat PBJ on a regular basis is a SIGN of white privilege. But I’m pretty sure that’s not the problem here. And the way this is presented… makes it sound racist.