|School principal Verenice Gutierrez|
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are deemed an American food for white kids.
School principal Verenice Gutierrez, claims that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches carries racist connotations. “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?” Gutierrez asked.
Gutierrez, is the principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School. It is a diverse school of 500 students in Northeast Portland, Oregon. Fifty percent of the students at the school are Hispanic while another 15 percent are black and 9 percent are Asian. Eighty-five percent are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
The 40-year-old principal Gutierrez is from El Paso, Texas, while her parents are Mexican immigrants. She claims to know how it feels to be different than the average American kid, with different culture and different food choices.
Last year the school started a once-a-week, lunch-time drum class for Latino and black boys. This year, the program will expand to two-classes-per week, to accommodate new boys as well as those with experience. But white boys are not welcome at the drum classes.
“The amounts of blatant discrimination against women, whites and Native Americans boys is outrages. This ‘club’ was approved by the administration, and any girl who complained was brushed off and it was not addressed,” one parent said.
Gutierrez rejects any suggestion that it is discrimination to offer classes catering only 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? Break it down for me that’s your white privilege and your whiteness talking,” Gutierrez said.
It is hard to believe that we are talking about a school in the United States of America, where every person regardless of race or color has equal opportunity to reach the American dream. As is proof with the president of the United States, Barack Obama, as well as in the principal are both children of immigrants, yet she was able to choose her path in life and reach her dream of becoming a school principal.
It is unbelievable to see how she uses her power as principal to degrade and discriminate against the children of white U.S. citizens just because they are white, these are the children and grandchildren of those same people who have welcome her parents with open arms, which gave her the opportunity to prosper in this country.