SAN ANTONIO, Tx. – First lady Jill Biden came under fire after delivering a speech Monday in San Antonio, Texas, in which she compared the Latino community to “breakfast tacos.”
Biden made the remarks during a speech at UnidosUS’ annual conference, in which she praised civil rights icon Raul Yzaguirre.
“Raul helped build this organization with an understanding that the diversity of this community — as distinctive as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blooms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio — is her strength,” Biden said .
Biden also raised eyebrows when she mispronounced the word “bodegas.”
According to that New York Post, The National Association of Hispanic Journalists criticized the first lady’s comments after the speech, saying in a statement, “We’re not tacos.”
“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.” wrote the club. “NAHJ encourages Dr. Biden and her speechwriting team to take the time going forward to better understand the complexities of our people and communities. We’re not tacos.
“Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by a variety of diasporas, cultures and food traditions and should not be reduced to one stereotype.”
US Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida, responded more subtly and simply changed his profile photo to that of a taco on Twitter.
“#NewProfilePic,” he wrote next to the picture.
According to US Census data, approximately 65% of San Antonio’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino.
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