First Lady Jill Biden is drawing backlash for saying Texas Hispanics are as "unique" as "breakfast tacos" during a speech in San Antonio on Monday, July 11. Biden made the remark at the UnidosUS Annual Conference in San Antonio while she was praising the organization's president Raul Yzaguirre.
"Raul helped build this organization with the understanding that 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," Biden said in her speech.
After she made the comment, the crowd cheered a bit to her breakfast taco reference and she shared a light laugh. However, the backlash came fast after the speech. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists released the following statement:
"Using breakfast tacos to try to demonstrate the uniqueness of Latinos in San Antonio demonstrates a lack of cultural knowledge and sensitivity to the diversity of Latinos in the region," the organization wrote. "NAHJ encourages Dr. Biden and her speech writing team to take the time in the future to better understand the complexities of our people and communities."
NAHJ continued, "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."
Florida Senator Marco Rubio also responded to the first lady's comment, changing his Twitter profile picture to an image of a taco.
Michael LaRosa, the first lady's spokesman, said the first lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community. (MySanAntonio.com)
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