Latinx Leaders Call on NBC, Tom Brokaw to Feature More Latinx Voices
Latinx leaders from the political, advocacy, and media sectors called on NBC and Tom Brokaw to do more to address Brokaw's appearance Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. The 78-year-old said Hispanics in the U.S. should "work harder at assimilation." A letter, which was addressed to Steve Burke, President, NBCUniversal; Andrew Lack, President, NBC News and MSNBC; Chuck Todd, Host, Meet the Press; and Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC News, asked that Meet the Press more regularly include Latinx voices on the program and called on NBC to make a "significant contribution" to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. “Brokaw’s comments did nothing more than repeat the ugly history of racist and xenophobic tropes that nearly every immigrant or ethnic group has had to endure. It is unacceptable that a major network news program would give a platform to one of their most well-respected personalities to repeat and extend these untrue and harmful stereotypes to Latinos,” the letter reads. “In California and Texas, Latinos submit more applications to college than any other racial group. By age five, English acquisition among U.S. born children of Latin American immigrants is 100%, higher than for previous waves of immigrants at the turn of the 20th century.” Signatories include Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO; Chuck Rocha, President, Solidarity Strategies; Estuardo Rodríguez, President & CEO, Friends of the American Latino Museum; Matt A. Barreto, Co-Founder, Latino Decisions; and Stephanie Valencia, former Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director of Public Engagement, Barack Obama White House, and many others. Read the full letter here.