Schools beat the drum for equity
Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day.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.
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.
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.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.
“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.”
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.