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LWV of Wilmette and WPL Book Group (Virtual)

2021-02-24 11:00:00 2021-02-24 12:00:00 America/Chicago LWV of Wilmette and WPL Book Group (Virtual) Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson Virtual Program

Wednesday, February 24
11:00am - 12:00pm

Add to Calendar 2021-02-24 11:00:00 2021-02-24 12:00:00 America/Chicago LWV of Wilmette and WPL Book Group (Virtual) Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson Virtual Program

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

We will be discussing Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity. (From the Publisher)

Find a copy of the book here. You can also find the ebook and eaudiobook on Digital Library of Illinois or through the Libby app on your device. 

Registration will close two hours before the program begins and registrants will receive a link to join shortly thereafter.

Please email community@wilmettelibrary.info with any questions about how to access the program via Zoom.

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