'NBC' Host Tom Brokaw Admits The 'Fear Of Brown Grandbabies' And Says "Hispanics Should Work Harder"

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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.

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Offensive comments

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.

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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.

Outraged reactions

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

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.

Forgiven?

Brokaw has since apologized for his insensitive comments and in a tweet, said he was truly sorry.

He encouraged the need for dialogue and said all sides would benefit from working harder at finding common ground.

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