Al Roker opens up about first experience with racism at work. - TODAYshow
The TODAY weatherman shared how he handled his first encounter with racism on the job, which occurred live on the air in the late 1970s.
Al was admittedly stunned but handled it in the quick-witted fashion that TODAY fans have come to know and love over the years."Now this is one of those moments where time stands still," he recalled to Craig."What do I do? And I just looked at him and I go, 'Doug why would a weatherman attack you?' And then just went into the weather."
His response also resonated with WKYC's viewers at the time."Well, the phones lit up," Al said."This is pre-social media."The incident also taught Al a lesson about sizing up his colleagues at each job."You gotta know who you can trust," he said.
His reflections come at a time when many members of the Black community and people of color are sharing stories of racism at work as protests against racial injustice continue across the country.July 2, 202004:01Al could only imagine what would have happened to Adair in the age of Twitter and Facebook.
"He would have been destroyed," Al toldGood Housekeeping."And, you know, I'm not gonna say 'yay' or 'nay' whether he deserved to. He was an affable guy and what he said was not typical of what he would normally say."But, you know, it was a racist comment. ... He ended up leaving the station and picked up somewhere else. I don't know if he'd be able to do that (today)."
Al has dealt with other racist situations over the years but has always aimed to take the high road."You try to," he told Craig."There are times when you want to go low. You want to take people off at their knees, but it's just not worth it."Read more: NBC News »
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TODAYshow NBC, your HQ for racist propaganda.... TODAYshow What about the 'hushed up' racist move by NBC in 2017 that bumped Roker and Hall from their successful time slot to make room for Megan Kelly 🤔 TODAYshow You really lose me with the rich black guy stories. TODAYshow TODAYshow I don’t know if I could have thought up such a witty reply on the spur of the moment. :-)
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