Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) attends the Netflix premiere of Gentefied in D.C. earlier this year. With actors J.J. Soria, Julissa Calderon, Karrie Martin, Carlos Santos, Annie Gonzalez, and Joaquín Cosío.
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Julissa Arce used to think that the secret to fitting in was to "sound white" — to speak English perfectly, with no accent. And for years after her family came to the U.S. from Mexico, she did all the things immigrants are "supposed" to do to assimilate: she went to college, got a job at Goldman Sachs and became an American citizen.
For author Julissa Arce, 'sounding white' isn't a compliment
In November 1960, Ruby Bridges became the first Black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. The six-year-old was escorted by four U.S. marshals.