'NBC' Host Tom Brokaw Admits The 'Fear Of Brown Grandbabies' And Says "Hispanics Should Work Harder"
February 1, 2019 10:19 By Fabiosa
NBC News host Tom Brokaw is in trouble. The TV veteran had a hot take about Hispanics in America that he should probably have kept to himself, the internet thinks.
With undecided voters on golden, colorado, an epicenter of the the battle for this swing state pic.twitter.com/TMIMHmzK— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) October 2, 2012
Days ago, he shared a panel on NBC’s Meet the Press to discuss President Trump's decision to call a truce with the Congress on the government shutdown. While speaking, he empathized with Americans who are afraid of Hispanics coming into the country.
NBC News' Tom Brokaw: "I also happen to believe that the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation. ... You know, they ought not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English" pic.twitter.com/x03TkSOBYf— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 27, 2019
Brokaw said people want a wall on the Southern border simply because they are concerned about the 'racial mixing' and the rise of minorities. And then, he said that Hispanics should work harder to become true English-speaking Americans.
I also happen to believe that the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation. That’s one of the things I’ve been saying for a long time. They ought not to be just codified within their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English and that they feel comfortable in their communities.
His comments were not very welcome online. The former NBC Nightly News host was immediately attacked on Twitter for his words that have been slammed as racially insensitive.
What Tom Brokaw said last Sunday on @MeetThePress about Hispanic Americans was racist. As with anyone, what matters is not what is in his heart, but what came out of his mouth. What he said met the definition, and I am tired of having to debate facts. Nothing to add.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 29, 2019
No @tombrokaw, hispanics should not “work harder at assimilation.” However, @realDonaldTrump and his supporters should work harder at assimilating into a diverse America and understanding what “liberty and justice for ALL” truly means.— Ryan Knight 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) January 28, 2019
Tom Brokaw: "The Hispanics should be working harder on assimilation. They should be making sure their children learn English."— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) January 27, 2019
Meanwhile, many of the white people in America can barely speak english, read, or write.pic.twitter.com/EWQPbw6Xgm
I’m the daughter of Cuban refugees. I’m bilingual, bicultural, and I have my masters degree. I am angry that we have to justify our presence in this country and in our profession as writers and journalists because men like @tombrokaw see us as less worthy citizens and colleagues https://t.co/aWQ0jV5aea— Monica Castillo (@mcastimovies) January 28, 2019
Twitter user Maria Castillo who identified herself as the daughter of immigrants added:
I’m the daughter of Cuban refugees. I’m bilingual, bicultural, and I have my masters degree. I am angry that we have to justify our presence in this country and in our profession as writers and journalists because men like Tom Brokaw see us as less worthy citizens and colleagues.
Brokaw has since apologized for his insensitive comments and in a tweet, said he was truly sorry.
my twitter acct failed me at the worst time.— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) January 28, 2019
i am sorry, truly sorry, my comments were offensive to
many. the great enduring american tradition of diversity is to be celebrated and cherished. yamiche, thank u for your comments.
let’s go forward together.
He encouraged the need for dialogue and said all sides would benefit from working harder at finding common ground.