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NAACP Community Conversations on Race: Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste
March 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join the Windham/Willimantic NAACP for a conversation about:
“Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson.
In Ms. Wilkerson’s new book, Caste, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson examines the laws and practices that created what she describes as a bipolar, Black and white caste system in the United States. The 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.
She argues the United States’ racial hierarchy should be thought of as a caste system, like that in India. In several interviews, she describes how she also looks at the ways Nazi Germany borrowed from U.S. Jim Crow laws; how they sent researchers to the United States to study Jim Crow laws, to study and to research how the United States had managed to subordinate and subjugate its African American population.
Together, we will watch interview clips during the event. No need to read the book or watch anything ahead of time, but if you are interested in learning more, please check out the links below or in the email you will receive once you register.
Click on the entries below.
- What the Nazis Learned from Jim Crow: Author Isabel Wilkerson on the U.S. Racial Caste System
(18:05 m Democracy Now!)
- What is caste and how does the system work? Isabel Wilkerson explains in her new book “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. “
(7:21 m The Daily Show with Trevor Noah)
- Isabel Wilkerson 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.
(1:05:07 h Brian Stevenson Interview)
- The New York Times Article: America’s Enduring Caste System by Isabell Wilkerson published July 1, 2020; updated Jan. 21, 2021