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Jul 2021: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Non-Fiction suggested by Janet and Lisa

We heard an interview with the author on NPR, and this book sounds like a very interesting discussion of racism and structural impediments.
Goodreads says: ‘The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
‘“As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power—which groups have it and which do not.”’