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.