John Oliver, host of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” set his sights on the biggest threat to American society yet: Donald Trump. And make no mistake, Oliver’s evisceration of Trump was thorough.
For nearly 22-minutes (yes, it’s longer than your usual video, but trust me it’s both funny and moves pretty quickly), the comedian exposes the GOP frontrunner’s habit of lying and then doubling down on those lies with even more lies. He also emphasizes how his popularity among voters should frighten everybody…this includes you.
“Donald Trump is America’s black mole,” Oliver notes. “It may have seemed harmless a year ago, but now that its’ become frighteningly bigger, it’s no longer wise to ignore it.”
He’s right. For as much of a clown as Trump is, the fact that he keeps winning should terrify everyone, especially Latinos since a Trump presidency is very much an existential threat to our community.
In his poorly misguided — and maybe troll-y? — piece, Sedacca argued that the phrase “breakfast taco” was first popularized in Austin, Texas and, as a result, the capital city could claim ownership. Unfortunately for Sedacca, this isn’t even true. Cue a crap-ton of backlash.
First came the accusations of whitewashing and cultural appropriation.
Just look at their “Keep Austin Weird” motto. Also, thanks to its reputation for being the “live music capital of the world,” people — Austinites and non-Austinites alike — see it (rightly so, I might add) as the coolest city in Texas. As a result, cities like San Antonio really resent Austin.
The city’s recent rapid growth resulted in the gentrification of east Austin, the part of the city that’s been historically black and Latino thanks to a 1928 city plan that instituted a “separate but equal” division. By the city’s own admission, the influx of new people has displaced people of color from their historic homes, with Latinos pushed to the outskirts and the the black population dropping steadily.
Wait, what does this have to do with breakfast tacos? EVERYTHING!
“When people think of breakfast tacos, they don’t necessarily associate it with Mexicans or Mexican-Americans,” Rayo, a Latino consulting strategist who is working on another book about the tacos of Texas, told me. “The new Austin, the gentrifying tech bros, are all Colombusing everything, when you think of them, and the guy who wrote this piece, they’re definitely not people of color, and a a large part of what they’re doing is glossing over a culture and traditions that have been here for a long time.”
It’s precisely this whitewashing and cultural appropriation that has rubbed Latinos the wrong way.
Straight up, I’m not saying that to be a jerk; I’m saying it as a Texas Native who grew up in the borderland region (shout out to the RGV!) and who spent nearly a decade living in Austin. Listen, Austin, no one doubts your obsession with breakfast tacos, but just because they’re everywhere doesn’t mean they’re actually good — especially when very few, if any Austin establishments, make their tortillas from scratch.
It is a well-known fact, outside the 512, that the best breakfast tacos in Texas will be found south of Austin’s city limits.