The “subtle language of racism” in Oregon – Referencing a “sandwich” in school

You see, some kids from different cultures may not eat sandwiches. Kids in the Portland, Ore. elementary school system may eat a torta or pita, and therefore would likely feel left out and discriminated against if a teacher referenced a “sandwich.” The result – of course – is lower grades in math and reading.

Something must be done. And the result is Courageous Conversations; district-wide teacher equity training.

Verenice Gutierrez picks up on 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.”

Guitierrez, along with all of Portland Public Schools’ principals, will start the new school year off this week by drilling in on the language of “Courageous Conversations,” the district-wide equity training being implemented in every building in phases during the past few years.

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.

So referring to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the presence of kids who may not have experienced a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is racist and demonstrates white privilege.

Most kids would think this to be somewhat funny, but this is all about the indoctrination of children by teachers in the school system to reinforce their white-people-have-been-and-are-going-to-screw-you fantasy. In short, you can brainwash a kid in elementary school in a few hours, and Gutierrez is taking the opportunity to reinforce what she sees every day. Rational people don’t see racism when a hungry kid is handed a PB&J, Gutierrez’s warped mind does.

Gutierrez also thinks it’s perfectly fine to create elementary school clubs exclusive to minority kids.

Chuck Barber, who also offers boys’ drum corps at Vernon and Faubion schools in Northeast Portland, approached Gutierrez last year to start up a lunch-time drum class for black and Latino boys once a week. This year, it’ll expand to two classes a week, to accommodate new boys as well as those with experience.

If you’re a parent that has a problem with this segregation – and that’s what it is – would you be willing to step up and say something? Probably not, especially if you did not have a choice as to where to send your child to school. Making waves as a parent in the public school system is bad juju (I’m certain that’s a racist term now), you’re just begging for your kids to be outcasts. One parent did complain though, and Gutierrez had an answer. My emphasis.

Gutierrez … rejects any suggestion that it is discrimination to offer a club catering to minority boys.

“When white people do it, it is not a problem, but if it’s for kids of color, then it’s a problem?” says Gutierrez, 40, an El Paso, Texas, native whose parents were Mexican immigrants. “Break it down for me. That’s your white privilege, and your whiteness.”

Of course, she’s lying to herself, the parents and the students. There are no white clubs in elementary school. Find me one, just one, elementary school in the country that has – as an example – a chess club for white kids. You see, minority clubs in schools across the country are fine. Black Entertainment Television (BET) is fine. The Congressional Black Caucus is fine. Even mentioning a club for white kids would be racist. (And no, I don’t think there should be any.)

Gutierrez continues to spew the garbage, and we learn this new system comes from California. My emphasis.

Like many if not all of PPS’ leaders, Gutierrez has gone through California-based consultant Glenn Singleton’s “Coaching for Educational Equity,” a weeklong seminar on race and how it affects life; she’s also become an “affiliate,” certified to teach the equity curriculum; and she serves on the district’s administrative committee to address systematic racism, a group that meets every other week.

“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,” Guitierrez’ letter to staff reads.

Verenice Gutierrez, principal at the Harvey Scott elementary school in northeast Portland is a racist. She’s also a segregationist, and I feel for the parents who have to send their kids to this school because they have no choice in the matter.

16 replies
  1. Murphy
    Murphy says:

    Racist SOB , perhaps they should setup separate dining facilities for the minorities so they don’t have see White American Sandwiches Prepared.

  2. ABO (Romney/Ryan 2012)
    ABO (Romney/Ryan 2012) says:

    Its the tax money from all people regardless of ethenicity that pays for these segregationist policy’s.

  3. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Guiteirrez is a racist and a bigot.? I wonder what elitist crap she will come up with next, black/brown boy only water fountains?? She literally disgust me.
    He apparent mentor, Singleton, is a race baiter hiding under the cloak of “racial equity” which isn’t a big step from the logically flawed “social justice” spouted by lefties almost reflexively.? You can see his “bio” at and the references to his “Beyond Diversity” topics.? Talk about “dog whistles!”
    Any school that teaches anything beyond the equality of races is a de facto racist institution.? You can’t fix racism by practicing racism.
    Steve is right: there is NO white only organizations on campuses or any group that even has the word “white” in it, a la the Congressional BLACK Caucus etc.? I remember a fellow student telling me about her participation in the Asian Volleyball League.? She quickly noted that my non Asian status would only allow me to practice with them, but not play.? Nothing to see here folks; move along.

  4. stinkfoot
    stinkfoot says:

    Empowering words to victimize and disempowering people so that they can be victims… a contrived crisis as a pretext for…?
    I need a sandwich.

  5. JBS
    JBS says:

    This is a totally ginned up controversy. Liberal garbage. Has anyone else noticed that the Left has instituted a new special color to denote their claims of racism? BROWN???? When is TAN going to become a special color? I sense discrimination there!!!!
    To the point: How much money does this Verenice Gutierrez make from running these continuing education workshops? How much money is going to Glenn Singleton to run these idiotic seminars? Does Verenice Gutierrez have a financial stake in Singleton’s company?
    So this raving (I know, it’s sexist and racist and . . . ) liberal DEFINES sandwich as racist? Give me a break! Educated people actually put up with this crap? Americans are actually putting up with this effort to re-engineer society, to change the fabric (I’m sure that is raaaacccciiisssttt!) of AMERICAN life? Hey, we stole “sandwich” from the British, fair and square!
    What is next? HOT DOG? (OOOH, racist, sexist, homophobic . . . yada, yada, yada)
    To paraphrase Freud: Sometimes a sandwich…

  6. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Is it too much to ask, that a principal simply ask her teachers to teach the children reading, writing and arithmetic? I can promise her there will plenty of time for the children to find faux racism everywhere.

  7. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    I ate P,B & J all the time.??I didn’t?feel privileged (or under priviliged).? And friends of mine had baloney.? And I am white.(Where did Caucasian go?)?
    Help, Ms.?Gutterrez am I less white than other whites?? Do I get to march at the beat of my own drum??
    And if I’m feeling a bit feminine today,?shouldn’t I get a pink drum??

  8. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    You go Lynn.? Can we add History? – As in what it is to be an American.? How we learned the blood stained lesson of the wrong of slavery.? And how we should never foget it so that it never happens again.? And to learn the?desire for freedom by our ancestors.? And how the power of the?their diverse cultures came together?to help build this country.?And to enjoy torta and pita while newcomers learn to enjoy sandwiches.
    No sarcasm in this post.??See my last post for sarcasm.??

  9. Charlie R.
    Charlie R. says:

    So Verenice Gutierrez (the idiot principal at Scott school in Portland, Oregon) thinks that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are racist? This woman is beyond stupid and has no business being in a school. She certainly has no business being a principal of a school.

    Let this idiot principal know what you think. Contact her!

    Scott school phone number:? (503) 916-6369
    Verenice Gutierrez?s email: [email protected]

    Source for contact information:

  10. stinkfoot
    stinkfoot says:

    PC brainwashing at its worse.? If the next generation doesn’t learn to think outside the stifling box their “educators” are attempting to force their minds into then they will deserve what they get.? In a few decades they will be the consensus that determines where the country is at.

  11. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Bush admonished the “soft bigotry of low expectations” while this hack complains about the “soft racism in a peanut butter sandwich”.??? And they rail against Bush as being “stupid”.? Yeah, right.
    How do clowns this stupid and incompetent get these high paying jobs as principles and school administrators?? Why do parents allow this sort of foolishness anywhere near their kids?

  12. Moe
    Moe says:

    Who was it who said, “If you want to find out?a person’s character, just give him (her) a little authority”.

    • stinkfoot
      stinkfoot says:

      “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

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