October 12, 2021
Diversity Matters Book Group will read and discuss Caste by Wilkerson on Tuesday, October 12th, 5-6 PM. The Manchester-by-the-Sea Public library community have been exploring and discussing books that focus on experiences of BIPOC in the past year . We welcome your joining in on discussion of any of the titles we are currently reading. Copies of our month's books are available to check out at the front desk, email email@example.com for a zoom link to the discussion group. Suggestions for future reading is always a part of our monthly online chats, too. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson Poetically written and brilliantly researched, Caste invites us to discover the inner workings of an American hierarchy that goes far beyond the confines of race, class, or gender.
A book steeped in empathy and insight, Caste explores, through layered analysis and stories of real people, the structure of an unspoken system of human ranking and reveals how our lives are still restricted by what divided us centuries ago.
“Modern-day caste protocols,” Wilkerson writes, “are often less about overt attacks or conscious hostility. They are like the wind, powerful enough to knock you down but invisible as they go about their work.” Wilkerson rigorously defines eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, heredity, and dehumanization. She documents the parallels with two other hierarchies in history, those of India and of Nazi Germany, and no reader will be left without a greater understanding of the price we all pay in a society torn by artificial divisions. “The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality,” Wilkerson writes. “It is about power — which groups have it and which do not.”
Copies of the book are available now at the front desk for you to check out.
Oct 12, 2021 05:00 PM meeting
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