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Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of…

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents (udgave 2020)

af Isabel Wilkerson (Forfatter)

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Titel:Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents
Forfattere:Isabel Wilkerson (Forfatter)
Info:Random House (2020), Edition: Reprint, 496 pages
Samlinger:Skal læses

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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents af Isabel Wilkerson


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I've been meaning to read this for a long time and it did not disappoint. Wilkerson argues that racism isn't caused just by race. In other countries, different groups are singled out to be "the mudsill of society." The U.S. is unique because we choose African slaves as our underclass and they do look different than European Americans. As an African-American herself, Wilkerson shares many stories about how she is still a member of the lowest caste in society, despite her education and professional job. Essential reading for those of us in the "dominant caste" so that we can begin recognizing the role caste plays in our everyday interactions, often unconsciously. ( )
  mojomomma | Dec 1, 2021 |
A stunning work, beautifully written, about the state of the African-Americans in America, drawing parallels with the dehumanization of Jews and others in Nazi Germany, and the centuries-old caste system in India. By weaving together the socio-historical account with individuals' life stories and the author's own experience of humiliation by the dominant upper 'caste', the author has fashioned a book that you can't put down. The importnt point she makes is that we can't rationalize away things like the Nazi holocaust by pinning it on some individual leaders, because the same thing may happen in any society if we are not vigilant and self-critical as a society. This has obviously grave portents for us in India, too, as the tendency to scapegoat communities and to impose caste controls seems to be increasing. ( )
  Dilip-Kumar | Nov 27, 2021 |
I want to read everything Isabel Wilkerson has ever written. That was so good I'm at a loss for words. ( )
  fionaanne | Nov 11, 2021 |
I’m finishing this book and writing this review just days before an election that I am not particularly optimistic about, but I feel I at least understand a little better why and how we’re here.
I’ve read books about slavery, the persistence of racism, the Civil Rights Movement etc, but this was the first time I’d been taught to view things through the lens of caste. Isabel Wilkerson draws parallels to the caste system in India and that of Nazi Germany, the latter of which based much of their plan on the US.
A thorough, difficult, often horrifying read (I learned that Andrew Jackson used bridle reins made of human skin) that will stay with me for the rest of my days.

“If people were given the choice between democracy and whiteness, how many would choose whiteness?”

Here’s a better look: https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0825-whiteness-democray-2020...
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  Cerestheories | Nov 8, 2021 |
I wish every "white" person could read this book. It was not easy or pleasant at times, but I believe it allowed me to mentally experience for moments at a time, what it is like to be an African American. I consider myself enlightened, yet I was still surprised and angered by the stories Wilkerson tells, of her own and others every day experience of living in this country, beyond the atrocities that we see and hear and read about every day.

There is so much here that explains and illustrates this caste system we live in, that we are all wittingly or unwittingly a part of, and explains what has baffled me for the past four years: that poor whites, who stand to benefit from Democratic Party initiatives, spurn them to follow the party that wants to guarantee them that, however their lives unfold, they are still the superior beings, the dominant caste.

Besides the important information it conveys, it is beautifully written, with anecdotes delivered along with statistics. I'm surprised it did not win the Pulitzer. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Nov 5, 2021 |
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The descriptions are vivid in their horror; the connections travel across history and time to resonate in the mind. This structural move is a classic trademark of Wilkerson's style, and one of the attributes of her unique voice that imbues her writing with such textured depth. Wilkerson's use of a poetic focus on imagery and detailed characterization allows us an intimate and personal relationship with the lives of those she chronicles; when this empathic closeness is juxtaposed with the harsh brutality of the historical record the contrast is resonant and haunting, becoming a towering memorial to those violated by the violence of caste.
“Caste,” the book, upsets the already rickety national myth that anyone in the United States can be anything — albeit, without entirely abandoning that hope.... It’s the creeping horror of potentially losing ground. “Make America Great Again” is, if nothing else, a plea to maintain caste. Political scientists in Wilkerson’s book refer to that panic as “dominant group status threat,” a funhouse reflection in which those on the bottom rungs are seen as moving up a little too easily for the comfort of those at the top.
Wilkerson’s book is a work of synthesis. She borrows from all that has come before, and her book stands on many shoulders. “Caste” lands so firmly because the historian, the sociologist and the reporter are not at war with the essayist and the critic inside her. This book has the reverberating and patriotic slap of the best American prose writing.... “Caste” deepens our tragic sense of American history. It reads like watching the slow passing of a long and demented cortege. In its suggestion that we need something akin to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, her book points the way toward an alleviation of alienation. It’s a book that seeks to shatter a paralysis of will. It’s a book that changes the weather inside a reader.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerNew York Times, Dwight Garner (pay site) (Jul 31, 2020)
A memorable, provocative book that exposes an American history in which few can take pride.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerKirkus Reviews (May 30, 2020)

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Because even if I should speak,
no one would believe me,
And they would not believe me precisely because
they wuld know that that I said was ture.
--------James Baldwin
If the majority knew of the root of this evil,

then the road to its cure would not be long.

-------------------Albert Einstein
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who survived the caste system

and to the memory of Brett

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Hitler had made it to the chancellery in a brokered deal that conservative elites agreed to only because they were convinced they could hold him in check and make use of him for their own political aims. They underestimated his cunning and overestimated his base of support, which had been the very reasson the had felt they needed him in the first place. At the height of their power at the polls, the Nazis never pulled the majority they coveted and drew only 38 percent of the vote in the country's last free and fair elections at the onset of their twelve-year reign. The old guard did not foresee, or chose not to see, that his actual mission was "to exploit the methods of democracy to destroy democracy." (p 82)
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