It's no secret that kids in America grow up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Whether you're having homemade peanut butter, the healthier almond butter, or are a fan of the store-bought creamy versus chunky debate, combining it with the jelly of your choice (for me, it's typically strawberry or guava jelly) is one of the biggest comfort food pleasures in life. 

I never thought about the race implications in making myself a PB&J sandwich as an after-school snack when I was a teen, but now a principal in Portland is saying that the classic dish is, in fact, racist.

Read more ¿Qué más? 5 Latin sandwiches the kids can take to school! (RECIPES)

The Latina principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School in Portland, Oregon, is claiming that the PB&J sandwich is a "subtle form of racism in language", according to a report from the Portland Tribute. Verenice Gutierrez says that it's an easy way to discriminate against the non-American students: 

What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches? 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.

Read more ¿Qué más? 5 Latin-style sandwiches to bring with you on an airplane (RECIPES)

Apparently she's concerned with all the talk about "white privilege" but, I have to say, I think this is all kind of BS. I can sort of understand her point about it being a very American food but come on, lady, we ARE after all in the United States, and in one way or another, all kids are probably exposed to this sandwich whether they've been in the U.S. months or years or were born here. And, seriously, it's just a sandwich. I really don't think it's some subliminal form of racism: I think it's just delicious. Eating a PB&J at school doesn't stop me from also eating a torta or pita whenever I want, it's just another easy, delicious, and cheap option that kids love. And what's wrong with that?

Image via Petit Plat - Stephanie Kilgast/flickr

Add Comment Do you think that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are subliminal racism?
About the author

Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

Read More
LIKE WHAT YOU JUST READ?
Click LIKE below to find other posts like this one!
Keep Reading
CUÉNTAME
Add Comment Do you think that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are subliminal racism?

nonmember avatar
One of the pleasures of traveling to strange places is sampling the exotic foods that may not be available at home. Imagine if you were in France and some goober like this said that it was racist to serve you French food. See the absurdity? It makes me shudder that someone this brain damaged is permitted to be close to the education of children.
1-1 of 1
To leave a comment on this story, please log in with:
  • Facebook
  • MamásLatinas
  • Comment as a Guest
you are logged in as (logout)
Submitting comment, please wait...