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For Pham’s family, like many immigrant households, it can be easy for American politics to remain a sidebar in daily conversation.

Pham, then, was able to “productively open the conversation” about Black Lives Matter with her parents in ways she hadn’t expected.

They attempt to dissect the long-held racial tensions between black and white Americans, as well as race relations between varying minority groups.

Many try to establish a somewhat tenuous connection between the immigrant experience (citing instances of overt racism or otherness in white America) as context for understanding the centuries-long struggle that black Americans face.

Becerra, who received a doctorate in Hispanic languages and literature, created a simple guide with key Spanish words and translations to explain the Black Lives Matter movement to native speakers.

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