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Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
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it was amazing

Isabel Wilkerson makes a strong argument for why we need to look at our society in the U.S. as a "caste" society. Before I read this, I associated caste only with India. But now I see how caste indeed is an issue in the U.S. and until we acknowledge that, it's going to be hard moving forward.

This was an incredible, enlightening book, but also depressing. I suppose that was the point: to put in one book all the horrors that have been perpetuated upon the lower castes so we can't look away. So we can acknowledge the pain. That's why this book took me so long to read. It's not a book I could plow through. I needed to put it down to take a break, to digest what I had just read.

I'm also fearful of what will happen in November. Clearly those of the lower castes have made progress, but what we're seeing now is the backlash. When the upper caste is threatened, they are going to lash out. How far they are willing to go to maintain their status is the big, frightening question mark...

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Reading Progress

August 6, 2020 – Started Reading
September 24, 2020 – Shelved
September 24, 2020 – Finished Reading

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