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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontentsby Isabel Wilkerson

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

About the Book

What I Love About It

Quotes to Remember

1. The longer structural problems persist, the harder they are to fix

2. Looking at caste alongside race and slavery can help explain the depth of America's discontent

3. The American caste system has proven to be resistant to change

4. A caste system requires a set of foundational pillars

5. The pillars of caste include an obsession with pollution and a process of dehumanization

6. The final pillars include terror and inherent inferiority

7. In the second half of the twentieth century, people in the castes above African-Americans began to feel threatened by a changing society

8. Monuments and memorials can help support or dismantle the caste

How I Can Apply Its Content to my Life

1. We can support those who break the barriers, and we can chip away at the pillars

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