Yesterday the former NBC news anchor and now a senior correspondent, looking like the broken shell of a man that he is, spoke with Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press. He joined a conversation about varying sentiments on Donald Trump's border wall to say some people fear a diverse country. He added the following: “I hear, when I push people a little harder, 'Well, I don’t know whether I want brown grandbabies.' I mean, that’s also a part of it. It’s the intermarriage that is going on and the cultures that are conflicting with each other.”
Then he offered this commentary:
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. You know, they ought not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English and that they feel comfortable in the communities. And that’s going to take outreach on both sides, frankly.Twitter reacted quickly:
Others, such as the political action committee Latino Victory Fund, called it "
Thanks to everyone who sent me notes publicly & privately about my comments on Meet The Press today. I always appreciate being on the show and today was another opportunity to tell America about my reporting across the country & experiences growing up in the diversity of Miami.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 28, 2019
Tom Brokaw should jump on the first plane down to Miami and to repeat what he said on MTP. I’m sure that come mierda will have his assimilation handed to him upside his head. Fuck that old hack. I always thought he was an overrated smug journalist prick.— frankyarriola (@frankyarriola) January 28, 2019
Brokaw then apologized.
Tom Brokaw tries to put out the fire he started with comments about Hispanics and assimilation @CNN https://t.co/V9Xze4WZqF Mr. Brokaw no need to apologize. I grew up in Miami of Cuban parents and my father and mother made it imperative that their kids assimilate!— olim01 (@olim013) January 28, 2019
Years ago, I sat next to Brokaw at a banquet where he talked mostly about his Montana ranch as well as the writers and celebrities he knew who lived around there. As High Country News reported at the time, the influx of wealthy people such as Brokaw had raised property values and chased out locals. "Send 'em home" was the resounding response.
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.
Despite the apology, Brokaw clearly doesn't get it. Immigrants have been arriving in this country for decades. Some assimilate quickly. Others don't. America is stronger for this.
NBC needs to dump the 78-year-old, South Dakota-born former news anchor. At this most polarized time in American history, when some Republicans and the president of the United States are stoking xenophobia, employing anyone who spouts this sort of rhetoric is simply wrong.