As we’ve seen throughout this nation’s history, the vast majority of bigotry and institutional racism comes from the American Left, not the Right. Whether it’s Jim Crow Laws, the KKK, eugenics or the defense of slavery, the Democrats and the Far Left have a rich historical tapestry spun with the fiber of racial prejudice.
Now comes a cockamamie program being implemented in the Portland Public Schools. And sadly, our special brand of local insanity is once again on display for the nation to laugh at.
From the Ace of Spades blog:
Now Racist: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
Via Twitchy with the sarcasm and such, a Portland educator wants you to ponder all the ethnonormative assumptions packed into your PB&J.
By the way, the Portland Tribune isn’t snarky about this — they give this idiot the Bold Hero Slant.
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.
I remember reading, say, 20-25 years ago, a pundit fretting about the loss of liberal persuasiveness — why was the public growing tired of liberal appeals and electing awful insane conservatives?
The proposed answer was “Compassion Fatigue.” That liberals had created such a vast and sprawling list of things we all needed to be compassionate about, and think lots of bien pensant thoughts about, that many were getting weary of it all and just wanted to get back to something called “living our own lives.”
Do we ever get to just make a peanut butter & jelly sandwich for a kid, or do we have to don the hairshirt whenever we do anything?
“Courageous Conversations:” These seem to be the “Courageous Conversations” referenced in the article. Via @morgenr.
Again I ask: Can I ever stop learning about you and just live my life?
Now, I know that I should just react to this with the mockery it so richly deserves, as we saw at Twitchy.com:
Updated Handbook of Racial Code Words: Your child’s school lunch and the subtle racism of peanut butterPosted at 2:01 pm on September 10, 2012 by Twitchy Staff | View Comments
No, really. This has moved beyond slack-jawed incredulity into total self-parody territory.
What is racist about a child’s lunch, one might ask? Peanut butter and jelly, of course! You racists probably even use black currant jelly sometimes. On white bread.
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES ARE RAAAAACIST!!!! portlandtribune.com/pt-rss/9-news/…
But somehow this has really offended me more than most. This really got under my skin. Portland has always been a very segregated city, but the Left is simply trying to use phony theories of economics, politics or education to maintain that segregation. Portland has historically been a little experimental lab for socialist planning and engineering. When I read that article in the Tribune, I thought it was one of the most racist things I’d ever read. Not because peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are code for white man’s privilege, but because the underlying assumption is not only that the white man’s privilege exists unquestionably and should be eradicated, but that it also automatically indicts and convicts every white person in the city. And as a friend pointed out, immigrants come here not to share their culinary delights with us, but because we have food. And opportunity. And freedom. Assuming that they don’t want to integrate into American society prejudges them just as much as someone who doesn’t hire them simply because of the color of their skin.
And this is no mere rant from some out of touch white guy. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), one of the great architects in LBJ’s Great Society, wrote in 1965 that the massive increase in the welfare state was the chief contributor to the breakdown of the minority family in the inner city, with dire consequences:
From the wild Irish slums of the nineteenth-century Eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future–that community asks for and gets chaos. Crime, violence, unrest, disorder … that is not only to be expected; it is very near to inevitable. And it is richly deserved. [full paper is here]
Reminder – Moynihan was no Right Wing Nut Job. He was as liberal and progressive as has ever roamed the halls of Congress. And he foretold the government plantation, the soft bigotry of low expectations, the social chaos that results from a lack of industry engendered by Welfare As Lifestyle.
So yeah, this is more than just peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. That this tripe has infested the Portland Public Schools, and will indoctrinate another generation to think that American society is inherently bigoted, should frighten all residents who claim to want a better America for everyone, regardless of race.