Portland grade-school principal Verenice Gutierrez, whose bloated frame suggests she’s scarfed down two dozen peanut-butter sandwiches every day of her life, is clearly susceptible to Cultural Marxist indoctrination and appears determined to break down young Portlanders’ immunity to it.
Gutierrez—whose surname begins with the word “Gut”—presides over a school whose academic performance ranks in the state’s lowest fifteen percent, a dubious honor shared by other Portland schools that, as luck would have it, are named after Cesar Chavez and Rosa Parks.
Although the school recently lost some full-time teachers due to budget cuts, the Portland school district reportedly saw fit to fork over more than a half-million dollars to indoctrinate its teachers about how “white privilege”—rather than, say, low IQs, laziness, or widespread cultural allergies to assimilating—is the culprit for low academic achievement at her school, which is only one-quarter white.
Gutierrez, whom a Portland Tribune writer described as possessing the magical power to hear “the subtle language of racism every day,” says that peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches invidiously discriminate against “Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches.” She apparently hasn’t considered that these kids may be extremely privileged by dint of the fact that they don’t live in Somalia or Mexico.
When confronted with the fact that a parent complained that Gutierrez permits a drum club at the school whose membership is open only to black and Hispanic males, she scoffed and said:
When white people do it, it is not a problem, but if it’s for kids of color, then it’s a problem? Break it down for me. That’s your white privilege and your whiteness.
I was unaware that American whites, especially schoolchildren, are permitted to “do it” at all, but if they did attempt to form any school-sponsored organization open exclusively to whites, it would not only be a “problem,” it’d be a headline-grabbing national scandal. Such is the state of modern “white privilege.”
Gutierrez appears to believe that this invisible “white privilege” is the reason why “students of color” aren’t doing well in American schools, ignoring the fact that when left to their own devices, members of la raza aren’t exactly engines of innovation. (To be fair, the ancient Incas are credited with being peanut butter’s pioneers.)
Still, Gutierrez has resolutely tossed her formidable bulk behind the idea that the only way for Hispanic students to bridge the school-achievement gap is to Hispanically build a Hispanicist interpretation of their Hispanicity. During her tenure at another Portland public school, Gutierrez was involved with a group called Future Hispanic Leaders. On a 17-minute video, she spoke of fomenting “pride of culture, pride of heritage, and pride of language” to “empower” Hispanic students to feel “that they belong with others who look just like them.” On that video, you can actually hear her off-camera as she coaches young Hispanistudents about how feeling kinship with la raza helps them do their schoolwork (around 3:30) and how society encourages everyone to view white students as “perfect” (around 9:55).
Quetzalcoatl forbid that she would ever ask them to focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Ms. Gutierrez, you are the turd in the punchbowl of American education.
I’m going to excuse myself. I have to throw up.
Then I’m going to eat a peanut-butter sandwich.
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