August 6, 2011 Rejected Book Plot #128
You and Me: The Peanut Butter and Chocolate Story
Before the 1960’s came along, peanut butter and chocolate couldn’t attend the same school let alone share a spoon. Even after the integration of the peanut butter cup, in the wrong neighborhood peanut butter could be beaten to a creamy consistency for keeping company with chocolate. With civil rights movements sweeping the nation, some peanut butter and chocolate couples thought this was the age of enlightenment and things could change for the better, unfortunately this was not the case. Just because laws were passed didn’t mean the country was ready to accept chocolate as equals to jelly. The nation saw peanut butter with jelly and only jelly. Chocolate belonged to chocolate and should stay that way, stored in a cool dry place until ready for use. If chocolate needed to earn a living then it was more than welcome to raise jelly’s fruit trees and bushes and keep up the household clean. Chocolate was never allowed to question jelly, that is the way it had always been. It was up to a few brave nuts and beans to change history for the better.
You and Me: The Peanut Butter and Chocolate Story is a simple way to explain to children the terrible racism of previous generations. In this case, chocolate represents African Americans- you got that, right? Anyway, it is basically a word for word remake of The Help only with food being the main characters so as not to offend and also make you really hungry.