A little while back there was a big story about a Principal in Portland Oregon who claimed Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches were racist.
“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Gutierrez said, according to the Tribune. “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.” (Huffington Post-Katherine Bindley, 9/12/12)
Now I’m no aficionado on racism but I sure have faced it and it has never come from a delicious PB&J (or Peanut Butter & Nutella, if you’re like me) sandwich! Perhaps his allegations on claiming a harmless staple of an American lunch make a racist and maybe even against America.
His claims to calling the sandwich racist are based on countries that don’t have sandwiches. But to assume that countries like Somalia and Mexico don’t have sandwiches seems kindda racist! And I’m curious to know where he picked up these countries from. I haven’t heard Somalia in the news since the Clinton Administration. Mr. Gutierrez needs to learn how to update his racist allegations, much like a Comedian updates his act or Windows updates their operating systems. If he would’ve used Arabs instead of Somalians, I’m sure there would be more supporters of banning the PB&J sandwich and followed by a loud hearty “’Merica!”
I think it’s more racist of this gentleman of Latin American decent (based on his last name and nothing else) is claiming that Somailians and Latinos don’t eat sandwiches! The beauty and simplicity of such a treat is that it can shared with everyone within these 50 United States! I’m sorry Mr. Gutierrez, but PB&J’s are the most accepting of all sandwiches and I suggest you follow their crumbs back to your shack in Racsim-ville (#probsmississippi).
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