CNN’s Maria Cardona Reacts to Tom Brokaw’s Claim: ‘Not True, Latinos Absolutely Assimilate’
On Sunday, CNN’s Maria Cardona reacted to legendary newsman Tom Brokaw suggesting that Hispanics should work harder to assimilate and make sure their kids are learning to speak English.
“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,” Brokaw said earlier on Sunday on Meet the Press. “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.”
In response, Cardona said on CNN that she loves Brokaw but he is “out of touch.”
“He’s a little out of touch,” Cardona said.”I love him and I’ll give him a pass because he’s probably not up to speed as to where things are today and age, especially with young Latinos in this country.”
She then said this: “In fact, most Latino children speak English better than a lot of native-born Americans. As an immigrant from Colombia myself and as somebody who is raising two Latino children, we speak Spanish at home predominantly, but they speak better English than a lot of my English speaking friends. So what he’s saying is just absolutely not true. Latinos absolutely assimilate.”
Brokaw has since issued a statement via Twitter saying he “feels terrible” that he offended.
Watch above, via CNN
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