Isabel Wilkerson – Caste – NPR Interview

Isabel Wilkerson – Caste – NPR Interview

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This new book is one of the best new releases this week:

Caste: The origins of our discontent
Isabel Wilkerson

Hardcover: Random House, 2020.
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*** LISTEN TO an NPR interview with Isabel Wilkerson about CASTE below …

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"An instant American classic." – Dwight Garner, The New York Times

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an invisible phenomenon in America as she explores how America has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid one, through a haunting, well-researched narrative and stories of real people, today and throughout its history Hierarchy of human rankings.

Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that affects the life and behavior of people and the fate of the nation. Connecting the caste systems of America, India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie the caste systems in various civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma and more. Using engaging stories about people – including Martin Luther King Jr., Satchel Paige of Baseball, a single father and young son Wilkerson himself, and many others – she shows how the caste's insidious demise is experienced every day. It documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America in order to plan their expulsion of the Jews. she discusses why the caste's cruel logic requires that there be a lowest tier for those in the middle to measure themselves against; She writes about the surprising health costs of the caste with depression and life expectancy, as well as the impact of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points out how America can move beyond the artificial and destructive divisions of human divisions towards hope for our common humanity.

Beautifully written, original and insightful, Caste: The origins of our discontent is an insightful tale of people and history, and a re-examination of what lies beneath the surface of ordinary life and American life today.

*** LISTEN to this NPR interview with Isabel Wilkerson on CASTE …

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