Emiliano Villa and his family poses for a portrait around Christmas, 1999. 
Counterclockwise from left: Dalia Pena, Jose Luis Pena, Rafael Villa, Guadalupe Valois, Gabriela Solorzano, Jazmin Pena, Emiliano Villa, and Azucena Rasilla. (Photo courtesy of Villa Family.)

When Economics Divides Siblings

By the time I got old enough to remember things like birthday presents, the recession hit. My family’s home renovation business took a nosedive, and it hasn’t recovered. Which is tough, because our family, like so many others, expected that we’d do better over time.

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As a brown-skinned girl, my summers were once filled with self-deprivation. I avoided going swimming or out to an amusement park because of worry I would get darker.

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“Leading up to high school graduation, I heard many of my classmates say, “four years of classes and I didn’t learn a thing.” They were joking, but to me, it wasn’t that funny….it’s actually kind of true.”

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