Racism Alert: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches Are Insulting!

Published on September 12, 2012

An Oregon grade school principal suggested that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches might be racially and culturally offensive.

“What about Somali or Hispanic students who might not eat sandwiches?” said Verenice Gutierrez in an interview with the Portland Tribune.

Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School, was being interviewed about the school district’s equity training program designed to narrow the achievement gap. The newspaper said she “picks up on the subtle language of racism every day” and used the peanut butter sandwich to illustrate her point.

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