NBC's Tom Brokaw Says 'The Hispanics Should Work Harder at Assimilation'
Tom...have you ever been to a Latino 4th of July party?
Tom Brokaw, one of the most iconic figures in broadcast journalism, thinks the reason there is so much prejudice against Latinos is that "the Hispanics" aren't trying hard enough to "assimilate."
On this past Sunday's episode of Meet The Press, Brokaw began talking about Latino voters...and quickly segued into this:
"I hear [...] ‘Well, I don’t know whether I want brown grandbabies.’ [...] It’s the intermarriage that is going on and the cultures that are conflicting with each other.”
He went on to say:
“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 in their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English...”
Brokaw: "The Hispanics should be working harder on assimilation." pic.twitter.com/D4QGQhSRZh— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 27, 2019
Hey Tom, the vast majority of Latinos living in the US are bilingual, we speak both English and Spanish.
We take pride in our culture and want to keep it alive. Just because we celebrate El Grito on September 16th doesn't mean we don't also celebrate 4th of July - and if you've ever been to a Latino 4th of July party, you know that we probably go harder than anyone else.
So we should "work harder" at what? Being white?
I guess we're just too busy working hard at our actual jobs. You know, harvesting your produce, preparing your food, building your homes, cleaning up your trash, all so our kids can go to college and become your teachers, doctors, coworkers, and congressmen.
But, maybe, that's the problem.
Prejudice against Latinos isn't our fault - that's on you.