Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
“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 ...more
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This is in…moreI am not yet finished with this. I had to put it down because it was too painful to read...and all the more so because it is real and true.
This is incredibly well written; informative and not preachy. Honest but not judgemental. It is making me think and self reflect and I am not even halfway into it.(less)
Those in the dominant caste who found themselves lagging behind those seen as inherently inferior potentially faced an epic existential crisis. To stand on the same rung as those perceived to be of a lower caste is seen as lowering one's status. In the zero-sum stakes of a caste system upheld by perceived scarcity, if a lower-caste person goes up a rung, an upper-caste person comes down. The elevation of others amounts to a demotion of oneself, thus equality feels like a demotion.Coming acro ...more
Ten years ago, I read “The Warmth of Other Suns”....The epic story of America’s Great Migration ....
One of the most highly imagined - engrossing - heartfelt books I’ve ever read. There were three main unforgettable characters— their complexities - individual stories - and motivations for what they did - had to do - was soooo well written and experienced from Isabel Wilkerson...I’ve never forgotten the power and impact her book lef ...more
Wilkerson's 8 Pillars of Caste:
1) Divine Will and The Laws of Nature
3) Endogamy a ...more
That said, as an individual reader, I think I was just expecting something different than what this book actually is, and that led me to the 2-star rating.
I eagerly awaited the publication ...more
What makes this so poignant is the stories of individuals, and the effects in people trapped within these systems. Sys ...more
For me it was eye-opening and mind-blowing at times, a reading experience that greatly appreciated.
A big thank-you to Isabel Wilkerson, Penguin Press UK, and NetGalley for arc in exchange for my honest review.*
Where do I begin? I will begin at the beginning. In the first few pages of the book, “Caste” seems like an even handed explanation of society’s ills. When it began to describe the demands of the supremacists and the behavior of the protesters, I was sure she was describing the bullying democrats. After all, demanding that we have a woman of color as the Vice Presidential nominee is an example of the worst kind of supremacy and blackmail. I th ...more
“Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent.” Already finished with her book, I attended this event to help me group up my finals thoughts. During the event Wilkerson talks about how she doesn’t see this book as an argument but more as an “invitation to seeing ourselves differently than we have before and the idea that we can have new language to h ...more
What I loved was Wilkerson’s restructuring of racism into the framework o ...more
This is Book #16 in my 2020 US Election Preparation ...more
The word “racism” alone doesn’t communicate the endemic nature of the problem that is at the core of society’s discontent. The meaning of “ ...more
A caste system is an artificial construction, a fixed and embedded ranking of human value that sets the presumed supremacy of one group against the presumed inferiority of other groups.
A very interesting read! Here Isabel Wilkerson explores the three main caste systems through history: in India, Nazi Germany and America. Here she analyses the caste systems in place in India and Germany and how these are also applicable to America. She sets about naming the pillars of caste and how they help ...more
This is quite a dense book, in that it covers a lot of topics and has so much information, but it's never impenetrable. Listening to the audiobook made it very accessible and Wilkerson also weaves in a lot of story-telling amongst research, statistics and history to create a finely woven narrative.
I found her comparison between the Indian caste system, Nazi Germany and the American caste system that oppresses people of color to be especially profound. It's something that after hearing ...more
In my introductory sociology course in university, my professor stated that within 15 seconds, people always took note of two things about any persons who crossed their path - their gender and their race. People do this to determine their actions. This is the sole lesson I remember from that class, as interesting as it was.
In Caste, Wilkerson wrote about what Americans do with that information. From her earlier work on her Pulitzer-prize winning The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of ...more
“Caste is insidious and therefore powerful because it is not hatred, it is not necessarily personal. It is the worn grooves of comforting routines and unthinking expectations, patterns of a social order that have been in place for so long that it looks like the natural order of things.”
Wow, and I mean WOW. This is a book that really reframes they way you think about the world we live in. I know we don’t think of America as a caste system, but it very much is. In this book the autho ...more
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Empathy is no substitute for the experience itself. We don't get to tell a person with a broken leg or a bullet wound that they are not in pain. And people who have hit the caste lottery are not in a position to tell a person who has suffered under the tyranny of caste what is offensive or hurtful or demeaning to those at the bottom. The price of privilege is the moral duty to act when one sees another person treated unfairly. And the least that a person in the dominant caste can do is not make the pain any worse.”