First Lady Jill Biden just apologized for a faux pas that she made during a speech at the annual conference of UnidosUS in San Antonio, Texas. While speaking to a Latino Civil Rights group, Dr. Jill Biden upset many when she likened the Latino community to “tacos.”
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“The diversity of this community — as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio — is your strength,” said Biden.
“We are not tacos”
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) responded to Dr. Jill Biden’s speech with this statement:
“Using breakfast tacos to try to demonstrate the uniqueness of Latinos in San Antonia demonstrates a lack of cultural knowledge and sensitivity to the diversity of Latinos in the region.
“NAHJ encourage Dr. Biden and her speech writing team to take the time in the future to better understand the complexities of our people and communities.
“We are not tacos.
“Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by a variety of diasporas, cultures, and food traditions, and should not be reduced to a stereotype.”
Dr. Jill Biden’s Press Secretary, Michael LaRosa, issued the following apology on the First Lady’s behalf:
“The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.”
Conservatives jumped on the opportunity to further condemn the mistake and tie it into politics at-large.
“Jill Biden says Hispanics are as “unique” as tacos and calls bodegas “bogidas.” No wonder Hispanics are fleeing the Democratic Party!” said AZ representative Andy Biggs.
Republican National Committee spokesperson Macarena Martinez further ridiculed the mistake:
“We honestly didn’t think the Biden administration’s cringe-worthy, pandering comments could get any worse, but yesterday Jill Biden said: hold my taco and proved everyone wrong.”