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Caste

The Origins of Our Discontents

by Isabel Wilkerson

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    Aug 2020, 496 pages

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Isabel Wilkerson provides a new language with which to talk about racial inequality, and offers a pathway towards deconstructing the hidden hierarchies that bind us.

In 2020, the word "racist" remains taboo. Conceptually, racism is so culturally unacceptable, so ugly and indefensible, that even the alt-right take pains to acquit themselves of accusations of it. However, despite the fact that almost nobody will admit to being racist nowadays, inequality and racial prejudice continue to exist. Resistance to the word does not address the problems it is meant to describe; it merely makes them more difficult to articulate.

In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson offers an alternative language for these problems — that of caste. Through this conceptual shift, she is able to advance the conversation about the structural power imbalances that permeate American society and reveal the deeper machinations of racial hierarchy. "The modern-day version of easily deniable racism may be able to cloak...

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