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Caste

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The ash coated the swing sets and paddling pools in the backyards of the townspeople.
    There was no denying the slaughter and torment on the other side of the barbed wire. The fruit of evil fell upon villagers like snow dust. They were covered in evil, and some were good parents and capable spouses, and yet they did nothing to stop the evil, which had now grown too big for one person to stop, and thus no one person was complicit, and yet everyone was complicit. It had grown bigger than them b
...ecause they had allowed it to grow bigger than them, and now it was raining down onto their gingerbread cottages and their lives of pristine conformity.
    The dissident theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the millions who suffered and perished behind the electrified walls of a Nazi concentration camp, tortured and kept in solitary confinement. Could the townspeople hear the prayers of the innocents? “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil,”


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Guest a year ago

Comprehensive, compelling, and so timely. Read it to understand our past and more recent history, (including the problematic appeal of Donald Trump to white women).

Guest a year ago

My friends' comments about this book seem to depend on their race. Black friends say it is mesmerizing and so important for understanding the US. White friends say they never knew this history and were shocked and overwhelmed to learn the connection with Hitler's drones borrowing from the Jim Crow south and the descriptions of lynchings. Some white friends said they could not finish the book.

I would challenge everyone to finish this book. Setting it down because it challenges our corporate innocence is an example of how white privilege works. We ALL need to know this history and Wilkerson gives it to us comparatively, so you can contrast India, South Africa, etc. with the US. That makes it even more essential learning.

Read it and talk about it. I read and taught her The Warmth of Other Suns, on the biggest migration in US history. Caste is a quite different book but equally thoroughly researched. Keep writing, Ms. Wilkerson. Your words MATTER.

Guest a year ago

I don't think there are any lies in this book. Wilkerson lays out exactly what a caste system is and why systemic racism and individual racism against Blacks in America are manifestations of the effort to preserve a caste system that favors whites at the expense of Blacks. Most people who read this book aren't going to need to be convinced of that. The book does rely a lot on anecdotes, and most of the examples about how caste works in America are either from the period during slavery or Jim Crow era South, which is a shame because I think most readers are interested in how the caste system manifests today and Wilkerson's personal examples aren't the most illustrative. Also, the book is not really a comparison of the caste systems in America, Germany, and India. It's all about America with little parts about Germany and India used to illustrate the issues here.

Guest a year ago

I listened to this book on audio and was read by the author. It was heart breaking at times to listen to it. The book was well-written and researched extensively. The author included her personal incidents, which are very current.
I highly, recommend this book to others.

Guest a year ago

I learned a lot about a system I’ve always felt existed but never had a name for. I’ll be doing more research on it.

Guest a year ago

Reframing slavery/racism into a caste system similar to Nazi Germany and India. Lots of information/research. If you don't support reparations after this book, what is wrong with you?

Guest a year ago

"Color is a fact. Race is a social construct".

A nonfiction book that makes us think. Due to the social climate this book was right on time. I learned what caste means and the sad part is we can actually see which one we belong to. Overall, I am giving it 3 stars because some parts felt disjointed and repetitive.

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