|Born||Thomas Jerome Harris
December 11, 1975
|Occupation||Radio host, Internet talk show host, social commentator, political commentator, film producer|
Tommy Sotomayor (born Thomas Jerome Harris on December 11, 1975) is an American radio and internet talk show host, YouTube personality, social and political commentator, men's rights activist and film producer.
In July 2016, a video from the night of the 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers showed two on-duty Dallas Police Department police officers calling fellow officers "cowards" on the podcast "Your World, My View Podcast" hosted by Tommy Sotomayor.
Officers Gregory Watkins and Margus McCuin called into the podcast and as Watkins' and McCuins' fellow officers were driving to the scene of the shooting and answering other police calls, the two North Dallas patrol officers drove around espousing controversial opinions about police shootings.
"Quit hiring cowards, they are hiring cowards... my partner says they are hiring cowards," said Watkins about rookie officers coming out of the police academy. "They are hiring ex-military and they don’t see people as human."
The Dallas Police Association later said the two officers were not a reflection of how other police officers feel and police department officials informed the media that Internal Affairs was investigating both officers.
In 2015, in Orting, Washington, former mayor and city Councilman Guy "Sam" Colorossi was placed under investigation after sending out a mass email containing a 14-minute video by Tommy Sotomayor that encouraged white officers to avoid policing black communities, an Orting black police officer complained about the video's content, which the city condemned as "offensive and deplorable." Sotomayor used racially charged language in the video and alluded to well-documented incidents in which white police officers were held accountable after clashing with black citizens in communities around the country. Colorossi later apologized and Orting Mayor Joachim Pestinger sent out a response email that Colorossi's email never should have been sent. Colorossi told The News Tribune he did not wish to offend anyone with the email and was passing it along for informational purposes.
In July 2016, Harry Houck, a CNN law enforcement analyst promoted a video by Tommy Sotomayor on Twitter that declared African Americans are responsible for most violent crime in the United States. In the video, Sotomayor claimed that black Americans are a more serious threat than guns. Houck, a retired NYPD detective, linked to Sotomayor’s video via Twitter, saying that the radio host "knows what he’s talking about!".
In April 2017, Ebony magazine reported that an online Change.org petition was circulating to get Sotomayor's videos removed from YouTube, citing "incalculable amounts of emotional, psychological and physical harm" Sotomayor’s videos have inflicted on African-American women and girls. The petition asked YouTube, Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and others to stop providing a platform for Sotomayor.
- Morgan, Glennisha (June 14, 2013). "Tommy Sotomayor, Atlanta Radio Host, Blames Single Black Mothers For Young Gay Men". The Huffington Post.
- Celock, John (June 18, 2013). "Kyle Tasker, New Hampshire State Legislator, Says He Doesn't Think Black Women Are 'Unfit' Parents". The Huffington Post.
- "Open Thread: Video Surfaces of Teens Rapping About Oral Sex — Is Hip Hop or Parenting To Blame?". Clutch. June 2013.
- "Tommy Sotomayor, Atlanta Radio Host, Blames Single Black Mothers For Young Gay Men". Blacklegalissues.com. June 17, 2013.
- Holmes, Dave (June 17, 2015). "What Are Men's Rights Groups Angry About Now?". Esquire.
- "Teen Boys Rapping About Oral Sex Goes Viral". Jet. June 13, 2013.
- "DPD Cops Investigated After Controversial Podcast Night Of Ambush". CBS Local. July 29, 2016.
- Plog, Kari (December 15, 2015). "Orting councilman under investigation after forwarding racially charged email". The News Tribune.
- Colgan, Cal (July 25, 2016). "CNN's cop apologist promotes racist video calling for a ban on violent 'n****s'". The Raw Story.
- Datoc, Christian (March 1, 2016). "Radio Host: BLM Protesters ‘Are Like The Retarded Kids In The Class’ [VIDEO]". The Daily Caller.
- Hopkins, Curt (July 22, 2015). "Meet Tomi Lahren, the breakout millennial conservative pundit of the year". The Daily Dot.
- Feldman, Josh (March 1, 2016). "Radio Host Likens #BlackLivesMatter to ‘Retarded Kids in the Class’". Mediaite.
- Snowden, Sylvia (April 4, 2017). "Petition Surfaces in Protest of YouTube Personality Tommy Sotomayor". Ebony.