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First Lady Jill Biden apologized through her spokesperson Michael LaRosa after the controversy caused by the words she pronounced on Monday at a conference in San Antonio of the UnidosUS Organization, in which she compared the Latino community to tacos.
Jill Biden did not offer an apology personally. Instead, LaRosa tweeted, “the First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.”
In a statement Monday, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) criticized that “using breakfast tacos to try to demonstrate the uniqueness of Latinos in San Antonio demonstrates a lack of cultural knowledge and no sensitivity to Latinos in the region.”
In that regard, the association urged the first lady and her speechwriting team to “take some time in the future to better understand the complexities” of Latinos.
“We are not tacos,” NAHJ stated, while recalling that Latino heritage is the fruit of various “diasporas, cultures & food traditions.”