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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

In this brilliant book, 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.

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.

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img_5629.jpgOur first selected book was Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries.

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the-jesuits-guide-to-almost-everything.jpgOur second selected book was The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life  by James Martin, S.J. H'17.

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barking-to-the-choir.jpgOur third selected book was Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kindship by Gregory Boyle, S.J.

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Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, our third and final discussion of this book was not recorded.

 

power-glory.jpgOur fourth selected book was The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.

 

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Due to technical issues, our first discussion did not record.

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