Let’s Really Have Tacos on Every Corner

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Lovely friends, it is the day after Labor Day. We are returning back to work after a long weekend, and for many students and families, today marks the first day back to school. But let’s not lose sight of today’s truest gift: It’s TACO TUESDAY.

Last week, Marco Gutierrez of Latinos4Trump made an asinine comment on air during an interview with MSNBC. He warned that if immigration is not curbed in the United States, “you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.” It’s painful to hear someone speak this way about his own culture. [1]

But his comment also backfired. It became an instant meme and built enthusiastic desire among people in the United States. Why, yes, it would be amazing to have tacos on every corner! The Clinton-Kaine campaign began to maximize on it as well.

Unfortunately, we don’t have taco trucks on every single corner yet, but what if we could do the next best thing? What if we could build friendships around tacos? Lots and lots of tacos?

That’s what some of us are going to do. We’re starting a two week event to build friendships over tacos.  As the fall begins, we’re getting back into typical routines but starting anew. Some of us are back home after summer vacations. Some of us are heading back to universities. Some of us have kids going back to school.

Wherever we are, we might return to these routines with new hopes, desiring a deeper sense of community. We want to meet new friends and get to know others better.

So here’s what we’re inviting people to do: Treat a friend to tacos.

Is there a person you’ve wanted to get to know better for a good while now? Invite that person along for tacos.

Is there a friend or former coworker you’ve been meaning to contact for a good while? Reach out and have a delicious taco meal together.

Is there a person you’ve wanted to ask out on a date? Let this opportunity be your excuse! You can’t go wrong with free tacos.

In the midst of the hostile rhetoric during this election season, we can patronize the businesses of immigrants. We don’t have taco trucks on every corner yet (unfortunately) but together, we can do the next best thing.

Join us.

Renee Roederer

[1] Gutierrez’s fuller quote was as follows: “My culture is a very dominant culture. And it’s imposing, and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”

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