The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) has put First Lady Jill Biden on notice for saying Hispanics are as “unique” as “breakfast tacos.”
As Slay News previously reported, the “doctor” provoked widespread outrage by comparing Hispanics to tacos while trying to rally Democrat support in Texas.
The NAHJ issued a statement firing back at the first lady, 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 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.”
NAHJ encourages @FLOTUS & her communications team to take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities.
We are not tacos.
Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by various diasporas, cultures & food traditions.
Do not reduce us to stereotypes. pic.twitter.com/KQIq5gwsht
— NAHJ (@NAHJ) July 12, 2022
Social media users blasted Jill Biden over the remarks:
“Imagine the outrage had Melania Trump said that Hispanics are as distinct as a taco,” MRC Latino director Jorge Bonilla reacted.
“Thanks to gender ideology and Dr. Jill Biden, today I can identify myself as a taco,” El American vice president Vanessa Vallejo quipped.
“Hispanics are as unique as tacos? Give me a freaking break @FLOTUS,” the Arizona Republic editorial page editor Elvia Diaz wrote.
According to the White House transcript, Jill Biden said in part:
“Yes, the Latino community is unique.
“But what I’ve heard from you, again and again, is that you want what all families want.
“Good schools. Good jobs. Safe neighborhoods.
“You want justice and equality—the opportunity to build a better life for your families.
“It’s not only what all families want; it’s what all families deserve. But we can’t get those things on our own.
“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.”
Once again, Dr. Jill Biden butchers the Spanish language in furtherance of pandering to a client constituency (the org FKA National Council of La Raza). I hereby bless your timelines with Dr. Jill's rendering of "bodega". pic.twitter.com/Z4FSXtlUMe
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) July 11, 2022