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This Economist Cover About Latinos Is Raising Eyebrows

The Economist ran what some are calling an “ill-advised” cover last week that shows an American flag constructed with chili peppers with, “Firing up America … a special report on America’s Latinos.”

Even though the cover was first released last Thursday, it didn’t gain much steam online until today, when many journalists and activists scolded The Economist for it.

According to liberal blog Media Matters, the content of the cover story itself was “mostly positive,” but using chili peppers was “tone-deaf and destructive,” ignores the diversity of the Latino community, and perpetuates a false stereotype. Later in the Economist piece, Latinos are described as “chilies in the mix.”

Journalists and bloggers reacted similarly on Twitter:

Vox went as far as to call the cover “embarrassingly racist”:

But others couldn’t resist having a little fun with it:

[Featured image via screengrab / The Economist]

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