Julian Castro says ‘oppression’ is why he doesn’t speak fluent Spanish

Julian Castro says ‘oppression’ is why he doesn’t speak fluent Spanish
Julian Castro (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – High school Spanish students across America take industrious notes.]

Julián Castro, the former head of Housing and Urban Development, explained he does not speak Spanish fluently because his parents felt internalized oppression to make sure he could speak English.

“People, I think, internalized this oppression about it, and basically wanted their kids to first be able to speak English,” Castro said Sunday in an interview aired on MSNBC. “And I think that in my family, like a lot of other families, that the residue of that, the impact of that is that there are many folks whose Spanish is not that great.”

Castro added that he is working to correct his parent’s mistake and is making sure his kids will be able to speak both English and Spanish.

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