I long ago inured myself to such uncountable inanities. Besides, to react means to somehow dignify majoritarian accusations of ethnic hyper sensitivity or runaway political correctness. Nevertheless, it’s still cloddishness emanating from ignorance. And OK, I’ll admit it. There’s also a sprinkling of bigotry in that taco mix, too.
Proof? How about the mayor’s intimated ‘they all look alike’ riff following his taco remark? Inasmuch as East Haven is home to Ecuadorians, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, the mayor then pushed his foot all the way into his mouth – – – up to his talus bone. Explaining his ethnic foodie bona fides, he told the same reporter he’d spent two years in Puerto Rico. Who knew tacos were Puerto Rican? The guy’s two years were clearly misspent since he doesn’t know his Bacalaítos from his burritos or his Mofongo from his Menudo. In fairness, however, and unlike Sheriff Joe,* the mayor may still be able to differentiate his backside from a hole in the ground.
In my post-college twenties, I remember an invitation to an office pot-luck. When the boss asked employees what food dish they planned to bring, one guy piped up and volunteered that I, the only Latino in the room, “could bring the tacos.” Little did he know, being partial to burritos, back then I only occasionally ate tacos. I didn’t make them.
But since the guy was a white-socks wearing ignoramus, I also remember thinking I could’ve brought a platter of Glenn Bell’s authentic Taco Bell products and no one would’ve been the wiser.
* Besides the Justice Department complaint, Sheriff Joe’s been fighting weeks of bad press, including blame for botched sex cases and the death of yet another Latino Inmate in his jail. So this week, he was glad to change the subject on news that an “Obama supporter prime suspect in death threats against Sheriff Joe.” But just in case his victim dance card wasn’t full enough, he just announced an Anthrax threat supposedly received at his house. I remember when back in April 2010, he floated the tale to the press, “Mexican Drug Cartel Allegedly Puts a Price on Arizona Sheriff’s Head.” The five-term sheriff, however, is still around in spite of all the folks he says want to do him harm. He turns 80 in June. He’s also still gesticulating, bloviating and crusading while sitting on campaign carry over funds of $3.4 million for his next reelection bid. With 80 percent of his fundraising donors from out-of-state, “Sheriff Joe Arpaio has raised more money than ever.” So the chances of his going away are nil. But at least he probably knows a torta from a tamale.
Photo credits: “We is eating tacos” by hapinachu via Creative Commons-licensed content requiring attribution and share alike distribution at Flickr; Menudo_de_res_Uriangato.jpg by Uriangatense under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license; “Eating a big burrito,” by gabrielsaldana via Creative Commons-licensed content requiring attribution and share alike distribution at Flickr.