Jill Biden slammed for comparing Latinos to tacos in what Hispanic reporters called ‘stereotypical’
A group of Hispanic journalists slammed first lady Jill Biden for a speech Monday where she compared the diversity of the Latino community to the uniqueness of “breakfast tacos.”
Biden was speaking to the progressive Latino nonprofit group UnidosUS in San Antonio, Texas, where she said one of the group’s past presidents built it with diversity in mind.
She said Raul Yzaguirre built it “knowing that the diversity of this community, as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the flowers of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio” . She also seemed to mispronounce “bodegas” in the speech.
The comments drew a small cheer from the crowd and Biden laughed, according to video footage of the event.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists retaliated during Biden’s speech, saying: 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.
“NAHJ encourages Dr. Biden and his speechwriting team to take the time going forward to better understand the complexities of our people and our communities.”
“We are not tacos. Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by diverse diasporas, cultures and food traditions. Don’t reduce us to stereotypes.”
A number of Republicans also seized on Biden’s speech, with Rep. Andy Bigg of Arizona Tweeter: Jill Biden says Hispanics are as ‘unique’ as tacos and calls bodegas ‘bogidas’. No wonder Hispanics are running away from the Democratic Party!
And Steve Guest, an adviser to Senator Ted Cruz, tweeted, “Which White House speechwriter just won a bet for the First Lady to say something like that?”
Janet Murgua, President and CEO of UnidosUS, tweeted that the group was honored to host Biden, saying: She has been a great educator and a great amiga to our community for years. Privileged to call her a friend.