Summer reading: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Book cover for CasteCaste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson artfully weaves individual experiences and historical events, as well as data and scholarship, to re-see the artificial social construct of race as the visible manifestation of an invisible caste structure. As she notes, “Caste is the bones, race the skin.” Wilkerson lifts our gaze by offering possible solutions for the undoing of this centuries-old system of dehumanization, which continues to do harm through both passive and active enforcement by those who benefit from the structure. I also highly recommend the audiobook recording, as read by Robin Miles.

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That’s it for this year’s Summer Reading List! View this book on Overdrive. Tune in again next year for more recommendations!