. For this book, she proceeded to study the two best known caste systems in the world—India and Nazi Germany. Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents. The hidden problems in an old house/society sooner or later come out in strange ways which become massive problems as they’ve not been treated until it’s discovered. The idea of perceiving America’s deeply ingrained racism as a caste system came to her while conducting her research for her Pulitzer-prize winning The Warmth of Other Suns. Misleading publisher's promotion, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2020. I personally don't need to be bludgeoned with torture and lynching stories but I guess there are plenty of masochistic white people out there who do. Overall I enjoyed reading the book, but it didn’t live up to my astronomical expectations. Prime members enjoy fast & free shipping, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and many more exclusive benefits. I’m nearly certain that the world’s only superpower is about to re-elect Donald Trump, and I’m not in the least bit certain that the world will survive another 4 years of his lunacy. Anyway, the author attempts to equate in a dilettantish way American racism with the Indian caste system. Anecdotes are mixed with data and statistics to clarify matters and confirm how people feel suffering at the bottom of a caste system. Brava and thanks to @IsabelWilkerson for her diligent research and analytical thinking. And, of course, the US. Liked this book for its blunt discussion of racism and caste discrimination, though at times its analysis felt rather simple or superficial. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. [10] The film will be directed by Ava DuVernay. With demonstrations against police brutality and the pulling down of Confederate monuments as a backdrop, I raced through this book. This may be the most important book I read this year. Unlike the Indian caste system, which had hundreds if not hundreds of separate castes, we basically have two. Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson is the author of the New York Times' bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns. Non-fiction is not my primary reading material, but I found myself engaged and easily turning the pages. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Wilkerson presents 8 Pillars of Caste that shed light on how a caste system becomes acceptable and normal - frighteningly so. It is about power--which groups have it and which do not.". Sometimes labeling with a different word can shape-shift a subject into a slightly different perspective revealing additional layers of meaning. So building on my previous post, here are some solutions to promote better race relations in America and to improve equal opportunity across racial groups so as to ameliorate disparities that arise from historical injustices.

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