The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) responded Monday to a much-criticized comment by First Lady Jill Biden calling the Latino community “as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio,” saying that the remark was culturally inappropriate.
“We are not tacos,” wrote the NAHJ in a statement criticizing Biden.
“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,” the group added.
Biden made the remark earlier Monday at the 2022 UnidosUS annual conference held in Texas, where she spoke about the Hispanic “quest for equity.”
In his speech, Biden said “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, is your strength.”
The NAHJ responded that “the use of 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 area.”
The statement continued, “Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by a variety of diasporas, cultures and food traditions, and should not be reduced to a stereotype.”
A number of conservative figures responded to Biden’s comments, criticizing her speech and saying reactions to the remarks would have been stronger had she been on the right of the political spectrum.
“Imagine the collapse of the diet media if a conservative called Hispanics ‘breakfast tacos’ like Dr. Jill Biden did at Latinx Luncheon today. Democringe,” wrote Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R).
“No wonder Hispanics are running away from the Democratic Party!” wrote Republican Representative Andy Biggs (Arizona).