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Caste

The Lies That Divide Us
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The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power - which groups have it and which do not.

Beyond race or class, our lives are defined by a powerful, unspoken system of divisions. In Caste, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson gives an astounding portrait of this hidden phenomenon. Linking America, India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson reveals how our world has been shaped by caste - and how its rigid, arbitrary hierarchies still divide us today.

With clear-sighted rigour, Wilkerson unearths the eight pillars that connect caste systems across civilisations and demonstrates how our own era of intensifying conflict and upheaval has arisen as a consequence of caste. Weaving in stories of real people, she shows how its insidious undertow emerges every day, she documents its surprising health costs and she explores its effects on culture and politics. Finally, Wilkerson points forward to the ways we can - and must - move beyond its artificial divisions, towards our common humanity.

Beautifully written and deeply original, Caste is an eye-opening examination of what lies beneath the surface of ordinary lives. No one can afford to ignore the moral clarity of its insights or its urgent call for a freer, fairer world.

©2020 Isabel Wilkerson (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Brilliant book that should be required reading

Being of Indian origin I am only too aware of Caste and the pernicious nature thereof. It was revelatory to have caste applied to the American condition. I was engrossed from beginning to end. Be prepared to be put through a gamut of emotions, ranging from aching sadness to visceral rage at the treatment of our African American brothers and sisters at the hands of the dominant caste (white people). Such treatment spans slavery, Jim Crow through to the present day. I sincerely hope that this book is made required reading in schools, colleges and Universities in the US. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. A masterpiece. Thank you Isabel Wilkerson for your tour de force. In Solidarity.

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A compulsory read

Great book, often hard to swallow when reading what people are capable of doing to other fellow humans. And because of that everyone should read it and take note.

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Great book

Good insights and a point of view. Stories were in some cases heart breaking but necessary to hear so that one understands how the impact of slavery and racial hierarchies still have an impact today.

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Enlightening read about why we are where we are.

This is an essential read. At times I gasped for air to absorb the extent to the systematic dehumanization of African American people. And, yet as the moral scaffolding of our nation chips away, the book shines a light at how factors interact to create the social conditions in which the souls of those who strive for superiority degrade to an unthinkable pit of the human condition. This book will make you reflect on how your interactions, verbal and nonverbal, speak to who you are and aspire for the world to be.

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a must read,

a must read, then share. vital in these unsettling times of caste and class stratification

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Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Caste is a must read/listen for anyone looking for the proper, more suited language of the US experience in what was previously known as “race relations”, an experience studied and reflected around the world. It’s historical and grounded and difficult to take in but unmistakable in it’s truth. She opens your eyes to something that’s been hiding in plain sight. Everyone should read this book.

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the invisible finally becoming visible

Blown me away made me re think about a few experiences as well as shining a light on some stories I wasn't aware of powerful stuff especially the personal beautiful written antidotes on painful experiences sometimes with beautiful endings

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Brilliant

Excellent! Highly recommend it, very informative and well researched. Learning more about unconscious biases and how they play out in our everyday lives was very interesting.

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  • 15-09-20

wow wow wow!

This book has helped me make sense of lingering stubborn racist sentiments in Post Apartheid South Africa , and constant sense of exclusion the native black people in this country still wrestle with. This book is highly recommended to the racist and excluded- all the same! Therein, lies the cause and cure. Selah...

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  • Kahlah
  • 14-09-20

Exquisite ... a must read book for all of humanity

Extremely powerful book. I learnt so much... it’s thought provoking and the many stories which Isabel Wilkerson uses are powerful and memorable.

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  • Natural Hair Weekly
  • 13-09-20

It was worth the pain of cognitive dissonance.

The book is thorough. It was a personally rewarding listen. This story was told through the lens of a black African American female who straddles many worlds of marginalization, privilege and power, bringing alive the concepts in a way that makes the book layered and worth reading multiple times. The book empowers, humiliates, angers and consoles as it takes us on a global journey that provides parallels and analogies that creates discomfort and a-ha moments. It provides a reference guide and framework for constructive debate and discussion. The book provides a call to action in order to empower people from different ‘castes’ to increase self awareness of the cultural codes of conduct that we are often unconsciously choosing to reinforce which is having a cataclysmic impact on the the way we all engage with the ‘mythology of power’ based on the illusion of our own superiority or inferiority which creates real consequences for the development of humanity. Many academics, cultural commentators and race experts have articulated the points in Isabel Wilkerson’s book before but her book provides a millennial language, full of references that make it relevant for a new generation whose behaviour is informed by history but now due to globalization and technology have the ability to access information to challenge a 400 year old system that is no longer sustainable and has become counterintuitive to human and economic development. The book provides food for thought and an invitation to radically redefine empathy. It is a book for all lives but especially those who have power and are ready to decide whether the history they create today by ignoring the past is the future they want their children to experience by reinforcing it. The book is not a panacea but its a perfect pandemic read, that may help us to calm the coming storm by taking the time we are inside our homes to take a look at what’s really going on inside our heads and challenge it. Thank you Isabel Wilkerson for going on this journey. You are appreciated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-20

Excellent

Loved the book. I thought I already knew and understood, the issues and yet, I feel, for the first time that I better understand the race problem in America, and it's central role in American economic and social life.

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  • gbemi
  • 06-09-20

An amazing story well told

i couldn't stop listening. it should be required study for everyone concerned with the state of America and its citizens of African descent.

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  • Sarah Warugongo
  • 06-09-20

Phenomenal: A must read for Everyone!!!

Absolutely captures the origins of our discontent as a human species. I was able to journey through the lived experiences of each of the characters. My heart has been broken open to the injustices caste has accorded lower caste members. It’s my hope the upper caste members embrace radical empathy to change this inappropriate & unjust human discontent; as ‘A world without caste - would set Everyone free ’ - Isabelle WilKerson - You have done a phenomenal job to make this knowledge accessible- Thank you!