Early this month we saw it rear its ugly when a Univision host Rodner Figueroa -- who is gay and should know better -- said on the air that our our fierce and gorgeous First Lady Michelle Obama looked like a cast member of the Planet of the Apes. He laughed. And laughter was heard in the background. Then a few hours later he was fired.
When I heard about the incident, tears welled up. I was hurt. I can't help but be hurt for black women and young girls who watch his show. For me. For each other. The non-Black Latinos are also maimed by his derogatory comments. Everyone is affected when acts of violence happen--the perpetrator, his target and the collateral damage--the witnesses.
I got angry. Then I wrote a column for NBC News. It was for me a chance to get the emotion out of my body and also air out something that we want to pretend doesn't exist in Latino families.
Here's the column.
Here's a great unpacking of the topic with the scholar Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, CEO of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute on The Brian Lehrer Show. NY 1 anchor Juan Manuel Benitez was guest host. Keep the conversation flowing...