Book Discussion: “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” By Isabel Wilkerson (Online)
April 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Caste points to our entire social structure as an unrecognized caste system. Wilkerson agrees that America is indeed racist. She says that we tend to refer to slavery as a “sad, dark chapter” in America when in fact it lasted for hundreds of years—but, in order to maintain a social order and an “economy whose bottom gear was torture,” it was necessary to give Blacks the lowest possible status. Whites, in turn, got top status. In-between came the middle castes of Asians, Latinos, indigenous people, and immigrants of African descent. Such a caste system allowed generations of whites to live under the same assumptions of inequality.
Presented by the Ethical Action Committee.