US First Lady Jill Biden has apologized for comparing Spanish people to tacos after her comments were widely criticized.
Biden was speaking in San Antonio, Texas, when she tried to praise the Hispanic community saying they’re as “unique” as a “breakfast taco.”
Her spokesman, Michael LaRosa, said: “The first lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything other than pure admiration and love for the Latino community. »
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists said Mrs. Biden and her speechwriters should “better understand the complexity of our people.”
The association added: “We are not tacos. Our heritage as Latinos…should not be reduced to a stereotype. »
Biden spoke at the annual UnidosUS conference and tried to praise Raúl Yzaguirre, a Mexican-American who has led the civil rights and advocacy organization for 30 years.
“Raul helped build this organization knowing that the diversity of this community, as vibrant as a Bronx bodega, as beautiful as the flowers of Miami, and as unique as a breakfast taco here in San Antonio, is its strength.” ». She said.
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According to the US Census, San Antonio is one of the largest Latino cities in the US, with a population of nearly 1.5 million, 65% of whom are Hispanic or Latino.
The city is famous for its breakfast tacos, which are part of the local cuisine.
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