Jill Biden apologizes for calling Latinos tacos ‘unique’

WASHINGTON – Jill Biden on Tuesday apologized for saying Latinos are “as unique” as San Antonio breakfast tacos during a speech at the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.

“The First Lady apologizes that her words are anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” Jill Biden’s rep Michael LaRosa tweeted.

The first lady flew to San Antonio on Monday to speak at the annual conference of UnidosUS, a Latin American civil rights and advocacy group formerly known as the La Raza National Council.

But her attempt to compliment Latino diversity didn’t go down very well, as she said the community is “as individual as the Bronx’s bodegas, as beautiful as the blooms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio.” ” be. ”

She also mispronounced “bodegas,” small shops in urban areas that usually specialize in Hispanic foods.

That National Association of Hispanic Journalists and others took to social media to register their offense, with the journalist organization tweeting, “We’re not tacos.”

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“The use of breakfast tacos to demonstrate the uniqueness of Latinos in San Antonio demonstrates a lack of cultural knowledge and sensitivity to the diversity of Latinos in the area,” NAHJ said.

The association said the first lady and her speechwriters should “take the time going forward to better understand the complexities of our people and communities.”

Last week, President Joe Biden presented the award to former longtime leader of UnidosUS, Raul Yzaguirre Presidential Freedom Medal, the nation’s highest honor for a civilian.

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