I think the principle is breathing his own gas.
In the first place, this story is from 2012 and doesn't appear to ha e been updated. Second, the article talked about "sack" lunches. Those are lunches that are brought from home. If your mother packs a PB&J sandwich for you, that's what you eat for lunch. If your mom packs fried chicken, that's what you eat. If your mom packs you a tortilla or rice and beans, that's what you eat. I have no idea what they eat in Somalia, but if there's some particular lunch food they pack, that's it for you. The principal has absolutely no right to tell parents what to pack for their kids' school lunch and to suggest that PB&J is racist makes me think that principal should be fired.
The school system I attended has banned peanut butter. Not because it is racist, but because of peanut allergies.
They also threw out the Rice Krispie treats my friend sent when it was her child's turn to provide a treat for his class, saying they weren't healthy.
I can see the peanut allergy issue. Someone with a bad enough allergy could come into contact with peanut butter and have a serious reaction. However, the school should not be able to dictate what a child brings for lunch. It is the responsibility of the parent to decide what's healthy and what is not. If the school is providing the lunch and they want to be certain it's healthy, that's something else.
They banned children from bringing peanut butter sandwiches from home in their lunch for their own consumption.
I understand that, but let's say a kid brings a peanut butter sandwich to school and the peanut butter somehow winds up on the lunch table or the kid with the sandwich has peanut butter on his hand and a child sitting next to him happens to get that peanut butter on his hand or arm, the kid with the allergy can have a reaction.
I get that, but I have to wonder how we all survived before all these rules were instituted.
I know. I guess in some instances, people didn't survive. Having said that, there are too many people eager to have the government bubble wrap people rather than let them think for themselves and use some common sense.
What if consuming peanut butter is a part of a childs religious faith? Maybe schools should ban ham sandwiches because of the dear little Muslim children.
Right - what if?
So that principal is claiming all sandwiches are a racial issue?
That sounds like the stupidest thing I've heard in a long time... first off, what the principal is talking about is culture differences, NOT racial differences, while some might not know the differences between the two, any decent principal should.
Some cultures have torta or pita instead of sandwiches... so what?
My culture doesn't have torta or pita in them, but I would of welcomed them on a school lunch menu... just because it's not in my culture doesn't mean anything!
The real problem is probably the quality of the meal... if you give me a bad meal, I'll complain about it no matter the culture... give him a good meal and I'll enjoy it... even if it's not with in my culture.
Zolfie, they aren't talking about the foods that the school provides. They're talking about "sack" lunches which are what kids bring from home.
Then what's the problem? That some kids have sandwiches from home while others don't have them from home? or what?
I can't figure out what is the problem.
This story just doesn't make sense... other than different culture have different foods... and someone seems to think that's some how racist/white privilege
I agree. I'm not seeing who thinks there is a problem with what kids bring for lunch.
I think it comes in because some kids have parents who will take the time to pack a lunch for their child while some kids don't have any parents who would do that. that is the only thing I can think of that would make this situation understandable.
I'm still not seeing it because what does it matter what a child's mom makes him for lunch? This is more a cultural issue (types of foods different cultures eat) as opposed to a race issue. So my kid is used to eating PB&J for lunch but his friend, who is Hispanic, has rice and beans. Why would there be an issue?
Apparently you're right, it is a cultural thing. I agree with you, bring whatever you want from home and that includes pork sandwiches. This is about what is served in the cafeteria. smh
“Racist Sandwich” is a podcast all about race and food.The name is a reference to 2012 national media firestorm that began in Portland, Oregon, when a public school principal dared to suggest that school meals should fit the cultural tastes and dietary restrictions of their constituent students. Why serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, asked Verenice Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott Elementary School? Why not pita or torta?
You're right except that at the beginning of the article, this is what was referred to:
"A lunchtime staple of students for years, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich could be considered one of the more popular items found in the sack lunches of school children."
"Sack" lunches are what kids bring from home, not what is being served at school.
This is why the article is confusing. They first talk about what's brought from home then move to what's served in school. The truth is that what is served in school is what American kids eat - sandwiches. If you have come here from another country with different dietary mores, then send your kid to school with those foods. If you can't afford to send lunch with your child, then appreciate the largesse of a school that will feed your child and not make a racial issue of what is being served. Food is sustenance and not meant to be a comment on race. Assimilation is what is important and the same way they expect American kids to learn about foods of other cultures, other cultures need to embrace ours.
I agree with whole heartly.
No, they're cheap and delicious.
Perhaps schools should start serving their student's dog so as not to offend the Vietnamese students.
First, it doesn't matter what year the story came out, it's the fact that it's a story.
Second, If José can be offended by my peanut butter and jelly sandwich then I should be allowed to be offended by his taco.
Yes, it does matter what year the story came out - especially if that school no longer mandates those teachings.
Is anyone stopping you from being offended by Jose's taco?
So, history shouldn't be a part of topic discussions?
If that school has done away with it's stance, then the history of the problem is not relevant as there is no issue involved - nothing to discuss.
So, prohibition should never be spoken of because it happened before 2012 and it has changed its policies on alcohol consumption.
Either you're dumber than a stump because you don't want to understand what I meant or you're looking for an argument. I'm betting on both.
Even a dumb stump knows that topics more than 5 years old can be worth discussing.
You, however, seem to be having a difficult time grasping that.
Topics that of IMPORTANCE are worth discussing at any time. This is not one of them. How old are you?
So, the fact that a teacher who believes that sandwiches are racist is in control of our children's education isn't important to you?
Nope. I don't have kids and I don't live in that school district. That is a fight better fought by the parents of those children. I have enough to worry about in my own back yard.
But, it takes a village. Hillary said so.
Then let Hillary deal with school lunches. she doesn't have anything to do these days.
Hillary isn't qualified to handle school lunches. Hillary's idea of lunch is a fifth of Wild Turkey.
Neither is Trump, so I guess that makes us even.
The principal in a Portland school said they were.
Well, you see my comment on the subject below.
Stonehenge is several years old, lets never speak of it again!
Isn't hand wringing about other people's hand wringing what keeps forums like this one alive? How many times a day do people here hand wring about Trumps hand wringhing?
Yet, false claims of racist sandwiches effects no one? This teacher is molding young minds! This teacher is part of the reason America has a liberal problem.
These sandwiches are going cause our children to suffer from white guilt.
I doubt it. Liberalism scars young minds. I was fortunate enough to be raised in a family who kept me from the clutches of liberal indoctrination.
You, it seems were not so lucky.