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Latino Politicians Sound Off Over Tom Brokaw Saying Latinos Need To Be Better At Assimilating In The US

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The Latino community has been in the headlines regularly since President Trump began his campaign in 2015. Our community is often referenced when people talk about the economy, undocumented immigrants, or the latest tweets from the president himself.

However, whatever the topic is, non-Latinos who are voicing an opinion about the subject should at least understand Latinos thoroughly. The internet is a savage place and things have a tendacy to go viral fast. That is the case for journalist Tom Brokaw who made sweeping generalizations that angered Latinos on this week’s “Meet the Press.”

On Jan. 27, famed journalist, Tom Brokaw, said on national TV that Latinos should “work harder” at assimilation while living in the U.S.

Brokaw, an NBC News special correspondent and former “Nightly News” anchor who’s won countless awards for his work as a journalist, said during “Meet the Press” that he’s been saying for a long time that Latinos should work harder at incorporating themselves into the U.S. especially by speaking English rather than Spanish.

“I also happen to believe that the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation,” the 78-year-old said on the program. “That’s one of the things I’ve been saying for a long time, that 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.”

Haitian-American journalist and White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, Yamiche Alcindor, appeared on the same segment along with Brokaw and countered his comments by saying he needs to rethink what the U.S. is today.

“We also need to adjust what we think of as America,” Alcindor said. “You’re talking about assimilation. I grew up in Miami, where people speak Spanish, but their kids speak English. And the idea that we think Americans can only speak English as if Spanish and other languages wasn’t always part of America, is, in some ways, troubling.”

Brokaw went even further and described Latino children as “brown grandbabies” and said that Republicans are against “intermarriage” meaning bi-racial relationships.

“A lot of this we don’t want to talk about but the fact is on the Republican side, a lot of people see the rise of an extraordinarily important new constituency in American politics — Hispanics, who will come here and all be Democrats,” Brokaw said. “I hear when I push people a little harder, ‘I don’t know whether I want brown grandbabies.’ That’s also a part of it. It’s the intermarriage that’s going on and the cultures that are conflicting with each other.”

Social media — in particular, Latinos on Twitter such as Joaquin Castro‏ — shot back at Brokaw over his comments.

Joaquin, whose twin brother of Julian Castro who is running for president in 2020, said Brokaw’s comments are xenophobic.

CNN journalist Jim Acosta poked fun at Brokaw for his candid opinion.

It seems Brokaw, who should know facts, never read the Pew Research article that stated that “Latinos increasingly become English dominant by the second generation” and that “by the third generation or higher, Latinos are 75 percent English dominant and 24 percent are bilingual.”

Brokaw is getting schooled on what Latinos in the U.S. are all about.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) went further to denounce Brokaw’s comments saying his assertion that “the U.S. is not the melting pot that the country prides itself on being, is disinformation as the U.S. has always had immigrants and a mixture of races, religious beliefs, and languages in its history. It is these values in fact that makes the country fascinating and has spread the ‘American Dream.'”

“Assimilation is denying one culture for the other,” said Hugo Balta, NAHJ president and Senior Producer at MSNBC (NBC’s cable news network) in a statement. “Hispanics are no less American for embracing their country of origin or that of their ancestors…being bicultural and bilingual is a strength in an increasingly multi-ethnic, multilingual society.”

The Brokaw tried to apologize on Twitter but his apology didn’t help matters.

In a series of tweets, Brokaw’s apology came off as insincere.

“I feel terrible a part of my comments on Hispanics offended some members of that proud culture,” Brokaw tweeted, to which many Latinos found as passive aggressive. He later tweeted: “My twitter acct failed me at the worst time. 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 finished off his bizarre apology by tweeting: “it worked!Ii got your attention. ‘night”


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Why Latino Dads Don’t Say I Love You

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Why Latino Dads Don’t Say I Love You

Growing up in Latino households, the dynamic between parents and their kids is pretty straightforward. They rule the house and what they say goes. While they could be a little strict at times, they show love in other ways such as making homecooked meals, fixing anything that needs fixing and sacrificing a lot for a better life.

In a new video by Mitu, the relationship between fathers and sons is spotlighted as one where discussions about love and sensitivity can be difficult.

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In most Latino households, the machismo mentality is very present, and breaking down that wall of emotions is almost impossible to do. Dad’s will undoubtedly say that they do love their children, but they have a difficult time saying the actual words.

In three generations of fathers and sons, each dad admits that they just don’t say “I love you.”

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It could be the language barrier or a cultural difference, but hearing “I love you” from a parent to their child is the best thing to help a relationship grow in a nurturing way.

One of the most touching parts of their stories is when the sons tell their fathers how much their love means to them.

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Each son spoke so eloquently and told them that they admire their hard work, and everything they sacrificed for them, and how they understand that all they do is to help their families, and others.

A beautiful portion of the video (and you will cry so grab some tissue) is when Sergio Garcia tells his dad Manuel Garcia that he has taught him so much throughout his life.

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Sergio says that his dad taught about having a good work ethic, that he knows how much he did for their family, and how to be humble and respectful.

Check out the full video here.

These Emotional Posts About Dad’s On Father’s Day Were A Reminder That Life Is Short

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These Emotional Posts About Dad’s On Father’s Day Were A Reminder That Life Is Short

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We love Father’s Day so much! It’s that one time of the year where we can truly shower our dad with love and admiration. It’s also the perfect day to gloat about their hard work, their sacrifices, and make fun of their adorable and goofy way.

All over social media, people — famous and all — gave their dad’s much-deserved praise, and here are some of our favorites.

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Chicano Batman’s Carlos Arévalo showed this touching throwback of his mom and dad, and we’re loving the ’80s fashion.

The entire weekend, United Farm Workers honored several dads for providing for their families and furthering the farm workers rights movement.

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Like most fathers, they work tirelessly to guarantee that their families have a roof over their heads and food on their tables.

Some people shared the most touching moments from their childhoods.

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We love how much their dad has shown them how to be loving and respectful. These moments are how you break the cycle of dads not showing their emotions.

Presidential candidate Julián Castro is all about quality time.

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He might be running for president and spending all of his time on the road, but he will always make time for his little ones. After all, he is fighting to make sure that his babies have the best life possible.

People took the day to really honor their father for everything they have done for them.

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They did everything for us. They sacrificed everything for us. Many of our fathers have given everything they could to make sure we can get to where we are going.

Even Maluma got a Father’s Day shoutout because, well, even daddies need some love.

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Let’s take a quick poll. Do you think Maluma is secretly about to become a father or do you think this post is all about Maluma being the biggest daddy in the music industry?

Author Julissa Arce took a moment to show just how hard her own father worked to give her the best possible life.

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The language barrier did not stop our dads. It didn’t matter what they needed to do to get things done, they just wanted to get things done. Our hearts are full when we think about everything our dads have done for us.

Nothing like a pool party with your dad.

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There is something so sweet about seeing multiple generations celebrating Father’s Day. It’s one of the most touching moments during any holiday.

They keep the American Dream alive in all fo us.

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What wont our fathers do? They have always made the best out of any situation as long as it would change our lives.

A good work ethic goes a long way.

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We excel because of our fathers. They really did mold us into some of the hardest working people in our communities and we think them.

Nothing like dad taking us to the happiest place on earth.

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Who doesn’t have sweet memories from our parents taking us to out favorite places?

Cardi B’s baby is living the life.

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Thanks to her baller mom and dad.

Some dads even take their own days to let us have an even better day because that’s what makes them happy.

You can just see the dad calculating what that stuffed animal will mean for his little one. He won’t show emotions in public but we know he is weeping internally.

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