At Urban Taqueria, one will find an Albuquerque menu with a political twist. There are tacos and burritos named after a few of President Donald Trump’s popular terms. For example, you can order “the immigrant,” “lock her up,” and “the wall.”
Hanif Mohamed, owner of the restaurant, said that the menu is edgy with the purpose of starting conversations during the country’s divide.
"Ninety-nine percent of the people who walk in, more than 99 percent, don't seem to have an issue with it," Mohamed shared. He also added, “the menu's not designed to insult people or hurt people, but it's just meant to keep the conversation going as to what's happening around us."
However, some find the menu offensive. Juan Hernanzed said, “The way things are right now. It's not good.” Furthermore, he continued with “we need to have respect for others and have limits.”
Patricia Perea, a professor from the University of New Mexico, said that it’s dangerous to normalize phrases which, when looking at the context, were presented as hate speech. She said, "it seems fun, it seems like you can make fun of this and maybe make it lighthearted, but you really can't, you're offending a whole community.” She added, “it's normalizing the terms and potentially turning them into funny or humorous terms, and the more that you do that, the more likely people are to repeat them and perhaps forget the contexts in which they were said."
But still, while Perea and other like-minded individuals disagree, some think it’s all in good nature. Christy Garcia said, “to me it’s not offensive.” She followed up with, “I just think it’s interesting that they decided to be so bold with the names.”
Mohamed opened Urban Taqueria six weeks ago. He reported that there are a lot of immigrants as his staff.