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The Caste system in America


Isabel Wilkerson’s new book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” examines America’s history of segregation and racism as a caste system, created through an artificial ranking of human value. Wilkerson says, “Only when [Europeans came] to the United States to create this new country, there became the impulse to rank and to divide – it could have been any number of physical characteristics but it turned out to be race as the measure of value and the hierarchy that was created here in this country.”