Summer Book Club - Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson
June 15th & 29th
July 13th & 27th
Aug 3rd & 17th
“If the majority knew of the root of this evil, then the road to its cure would not be long.” - Albert Einstein
This is an invitation to unpack racial and class hierarchy in America.
Pulitzer Prize–winner and best-selling author, Isabel Wilkerson masterfully examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the fate of the nation. 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.
Caste illuminates the foundation upon which our nation and society has been built. Like a house that is inherited, whether we, or our ancestors, had any role in building the house is of no consequence. Being in this house now confers a duty on all its inhabitants to thoroughly examine for cracks and disrepair. It is through this examination that proper action can be taken to address our ailments in order to rebuild on the solid foundation of truth.
Oprah referred to Caste as “the most important book I’ve ever chosen for my book club," adding that it "provides a new way of seeing racial inequality, giving rise to countless aha moments and helping us truly understand America as it is now and how we hope it will be."
For three months, we will meet bi-monthly on Tuesday evenings to read passages, share perceptions, gain knowledge, and begin the work of reconciliation for ourselves, our families and the nation. This is deep work, meant for those who are ready to activate a new level of understanding, compassion, and radical empathy for all beings. This subject matter is extremely sensitive. As such, this study will be limited to 20 participants.
“I can escape the feelings of complicity in it only by speaking out.” - Albert Einstein