Tom Brokaw ‘sorry’ for racist comments about Hispanics

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on January 28th, 2019

Tom Brokaw is “sorry” for his wildly racist comments. The retired NBC anchor — who’s been accused of sexual assault by multiple women — made jaws drop with his comments about Mexicans during an NBC show discussion. The topics during the panel included the government shut down and Donald Trump’s wall — but Brokaw, 78, took his opinionated arguments a step further.

“The fact is, on the Republican side, a lot of people see the rise of an extraordinary, important, new constituent in American politics, Hispanics, who will come here and all be Democrats,” the news veteran said of the U.S. and Mexican border wall.

He then claimed that another reason some Americans are supporting the wall is that they don’t want mixed-raced children.

“Also, 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,” he said. “It’s the intermarriage that is going on and the cultures that are conflicting with each other.”

Though Brokaw didn’t further explain his bizarre comment, he did voice his own opinion on the matter.

“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,” said Brokaw. “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.”

Not surprisingly, Brokaw’s remarks received immediate backlash, and not only from the Latino community. Then, this Sunday, January 27, the shamed star took to Twitter to apologize.

“I feel terrible a part of my comments on Hispanics offended some members of that proud culture,” he started.

Going on a bizarre, and badly-written Twitter rant, Brokaw then assured his fans that he is not racist!

“From my days reporting on cesar chavez to documenting the many contributions of hispanics in all parts of our culture, i’ve worked hard to knock down false stereo types. in my final comment in Meet i said ALL sides hv to work harder at finding common ground – which i strongly believe. dialogue not division [sic]” he wrote.

He continued: “Finally, i am sorry – i never intended to disparage any segment of our rich, diverse society which defines who we are [sic].”

But the apologies didn’t end there.

“Finally, i am sorry I failed to convey my strong belief that diversity – dynamic and inclusive is what makes America [sic],” Brokaw wrote. “Yamiche is a wonderful colleague and an important voice. i hv been trying to say i am sorry i offended and i so appreciate my colleague [sic].”

finally,i am sorry I failed to convey my strong belief that diversity – dynamic and inclusive is what makes America — Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) January 28, 2019

great Yamiche is a wonderful colleague and an important voice— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) January 28, 2019

my tweet portal is whack. i hv been trying to say i am sorry i offended. and i so appreciate my colleague— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) January 28, 2019

This is not Brokaw’s first scandal. In 2018, the longtime news anchor was blasted for allegedly sexually assaulting a string of women in the workplace. He denied the claims and even called one of his accusers a lying, wannabe TV star!

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