Juan Castillo counters this effectively, citing an epic statement on this by Selena (played by actress Jennifer Lopez) in the film, "Selena." Talk about a redemptive statement that sheds light on the matter. For many of us, this one interchange between Selena and her father (played by Edward James Olmos) made the whole movie memorable and exceptional.
Brokaw did ultimately apologize for offending Hispanics. Thanks to Juan Castillo for similarly challenging Brokaw's misinformed opinion that actually speaks more to fears of a loss of white centrality due to changing demographics, than to any valid characterization of Hispanics.
I wrote a whole book about this so-called problem with Hispanic assimilation, by the way, titled Subtractive Schooling: U.S.-Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring that, even if there are glimmers of light—like Julián Castro's 2020 presidential bid—similarly helps to debunk tired, self-serving myths by an establishment that doesn't want to empower Hispanics or Latinos.
|Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro waves as he arrives|
to his family to an event where he announced that he will seek
the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination, January
12, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas (AP PHOTO Eric Gay)
By Juan Castillo, February 1, 2019