The Johnson–Jeffries Riots: Background information when reading Caste

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Caste

The Origins of Our Discontents

by Isabel Wilkerson

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The Johnson–Jeffries Riots

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The Johnson-Jeffries fight In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson describes how, in a caste system, challenges to the superiority of the dominant caste can produce "an epic existential crisis." This is particularly true for the people situated at the bottom rung of the dominant caste group (in the United States, working class or impoverished whites) for whom the status of superiority is most precious. In the logic of caste, she writes, "equality feels like a demotion," as when a member of the inferior caste becomes successful, "the natural human response from someone weaned on their caste's inherent superiority is to perceive a threat to their existence, a heightened sense of unease, of displacement, of fear for their very survival." In 1910, one such status threat occurred in the form of a boxing match when Jack Johnson, the first Black Heavyweight Champion of the World, defended his title by defeating James Jeffries, a white fighter. In response to Johnson's victory, violence erupted in...

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