The Global Women's Caucus feminist reading group is pleased to announce its next pick, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.
At the end of a transformative year in the struggle for racial equality, this discussion will engage participants who are looking to expand their awareness of how racism shapes American systems and the world at large, including individual lives.
Isabel Wilkerson is the Pulitzer Prize winning writer of The Warmth of Other Suns.
In “Caste”, she uses "an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people to show how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings."
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I came home from work and instead of the usual puddle of piss in my doorway, there was a dead rat. It was the size of a cat and laid in state on a white paper plate; a message from the dealers, steerers, and lookouts who sat on stoops and lounged in tenement doorways on First Street; a drug supermarket where cars with Jersey plates and dudes in ragged sneakers came to cop. It was the eighties.
There were drugs on the block when I moved there five years before after serving every day of a three-year sentence at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary for the minor crime of passing bad checks and the major crime of being a smart-ass New York ni****r. Drugs on the block did not matter. What mattered was my ground floor loft, a former hippie belt factory more than twice the size of the railroad apartments upstairs. The rent was two-fifty a month and there was no heat, electricity, or plumbing when I moved in. A broken toilet in the middle of the floor was all that remained. With my overtime, I could make it a dream apartment. My arrogance had gotten me a job at a bigtime Wall Street law firm, where I worked sixty, seventy, sometimes eighty hours a week on deals worth billions. Every day I locked horns with biggety Harvard and Yale lawyers who decided I was a revolutionary.
After five years I knew my neighbors well enough to nod hello. My front door opened to the sidewalk and I did not have to enter the building with the weekend one-night stands from gay bars in the West Village.Read more
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2.23 miles. Out for a run
Some Georgia boys filled him with bullets
But we don’t learn til two months later bout
This ex-cop vigilante and his son
An EMT. Sleep in her bed
Police rained down a storm of bullets
But no cops have been indicted
They arrested her watchful boyfriend, instead
A man of character and stature
Who stood for something,
Killed on a curb with kneecaps in his neck
The camel’s back was fractured
Land of the free
Built on murder, theft, and rape
Maybe collectively woke up
Said “Now I see it!”
Revolution’s taking shape.
Near and far, the world was sick
But felt the fracture
They ascended like a rapture
Stepped in unison
Proclaiming BLACK LIVES MATTER!
Equality don’t come on silver plattersThe world won’t sleep again til Black Lives Matter
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