Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I've Heard Some Stupid Things In My Time...

...but I think this might about just take the cake.

Schools beat the drum for equity
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.
Not knowing what something is due to cultural differences ≠ racism. Racism is the belief that someone from a race other than your own is automatically inferior because of their race and for no other reason. Not knowing what a sandwich is does not mean racism.

Now, granted, this is idiotic. But read a little further into the article to find *real* racism:
Gutierrez denies that any students were turned away from the drum corps, and vehemently rejects any suggestion that it is discrimination to offer a club catering 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?” says Gutierrez, 40, an El Paso, Texas, native whose parents were Mexican immigrants. “Break it down for me. That’s your white privilege, and your whiteness.”
Got that? Discriminating against white people is not racism. Even though you are deliberately excluding them based on their race. And if you complain? It's your "whiteness" talking. In this woman's twisted view on what is or is not racism, it is perfectly acceptable to discriminate against a race of people - as long as they are white people.

It's almost like we're being judged not by the content of our character but by the color of our skin...

That is all.


Ritchie said...

In distant youth, my family and I were politely ejected, by an apologetic policeman, from a "colored" beach on the American east coast. We couldn't tell, we were the only ones there. Racism goes both, or all, ways. There is no such thing as a "racism diode', only racism blindness. I guess Dad missed the sign, if there was one. All the pebbles looked the same. RACIST!!

instinct said...
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instinct said...

You're racist to point this out Jay :)

Ferret said...

If the children aren't constantly reminded of how they're different from each other, they might just raise their collective middle finger to the whole thing.

I don't claim to be an expert on history, but I can't help but think back to the wave of immigrants that came to this country a hundred years ago. Somehow the Poles, Italians, Irish, Hungarians, Germans and others managed to become part of a functioning society without the benefit of a 'race card' to play.

It doesn't make sense how a significant percentage of the people who promote the whole "diversity" thing are also the type that lean way toward the idea of collectivism. After all, how can you have a functional collective while keeping people divided like that? It's no wonder the psychiatric drug industry is booming with may people's lives being one giant contradiction like that.

Thor said...

Don't kid yourself, Ferret. There was "racism", if you could call it that, practiced against all of the various immigrants from Europe. The bigger thing which bound us together was the various wars and the fact that we actually assimilated into the country. Sure, they kind of stuck amongst themselves initially.