It was riveting. The book explained so much that I hadn’t realized. Extremely well written and read.
a great argument made and supported. parallels made between USA India & Germany are alarming.
Amazing and horrifying
Powerful almost clinical but not dry approach using history to guide you to almost unimpeachable conclusions. My indoctrinated opinion of my country has taken quite a hit, but also provides the environment for positive growth.
I would recommend this book to every person of color. It was mind opening for me. Now I fully understand what racism means. Excellently written and the narration was superb . I give it a five.
Outstanding and very enlightening!
Awesome read. Should be mandatory reading in educational settings!!!
Very difficult listen. I learned much of things I never knew or even imagined. It woke me up to the sad reality of human nature and the selfish need to overpower and control others especially when we feel they are less than ourselves. The narrator seemed a bit authoritarian
This was heartbreaking but also so educational
Incredible to have this new perspective on a subject I think about all the time. It has changed the way I view experiences and explains a lot. I wish more would explore this topic. Perhaps the television adaptation of this book will broaden its reach. Thank you Isabel Wilkerson.
A far clearer view of our complicated history than I've seen before. Definitely the best read of the yesr--and that's saying a lot. Might be the most important book of the decade.
This is an important book. It completely reshaped my perception and understanding.
This book has moved me n so many ways. The depth of research & detail Isabel invested into this project is AMAZING! The feelings about the subject are varied.. I felt sadness, disgust, anger - an entire array of emotions. Highly recommend this work & this author.
I’m a senior who happen to be a dark indigenous individual, from my earliest memory the caste system was apparent to me! Our tribe migrated from the East cost of America in the beginning in the 1600s to finally settle in the Green Bay Area of WI our dark color was always remarked upon we were called red N-word, my siblings and I would live and attend school in Milwaukee WI, to again be confronted with “what are y’all?” My Mother instructed me to reply, that I was “FBI,” after being teased, I would explain, full blooded Indian, everyone would assume we were from India, my Mother corrected my reply to, Full Blooded Indigenous! To date the tribe excepts lighter skin as tribesmen with less resistances then our darker ones, especially if they is black blood involved, yet European blood is of no concern? I read a another book (Red Brethren), that had the same impact on me as I was, well in this case listening, it was all to familiar! Because I had lived it, great read! Very well explained for those that want to hide or pretend not to be aware it’s still practiced, it’s a keepsake for me! I found it encouraging, supportive to my determination to
I was really disappointed in this book. It is not a book about caste, but simply a book about white people being racists towards blacks. The author attempts to draw similarities to the caste system in India, but this is a weak comparison. Unfortunately the author makes almost no mention of Native Americans and where they may be in this supposed caste system. There is also no mention of castes within whites. The book, while well researched, has no clear pattern to it. I’ll admit I listened to only 2 hours of this book, but I saw no point in listening to the remaining 12 hrs.
This is essential reading. If you are white, like me, and have doubts about white privilege, systemic and institutional racism, and critical race theory, or know someone who does, read this book. Important and beautifully written
Very interesting to hear the parallels amongst US, the Indian and Nazi Germany caste systems. It is quite mind blowing.
The book is filled with facts and tough stories to listen but denying the last won’t change anything. Understanding will.
I must read....
Fantastic book, Wilkerson is a force in the field and I look forward to more of her work
I would recommend this book to everybody. I loved the authors style of writing. It was such an enjoyable read and I learned so much, including a different perspective.
radical empathy. well said.
Excellent historical content, narrated eloquently by the author. It is hard to image the horrors that transpired during the hundreds of years that human beings were treated with such disrespect and contempt. I came of age in the 60's during the Civil Rights movement ( white middle class), with an openly racist father. I am grateful to have evolved to understand and support all that our political and economic system is attempting to do (at least the Democrats) to right centuries of wrongs. Thank you, Isabel, for the tremendous research that went into this book. If it could only become required reading in our educational system, however, alas, governors in states such as Florida (where I live) and Texas, will maintain their hierarchical White Caste positions, pandering to #45's Base!
What is presented as historical fact is, without doubt or debate, fact. However, there are some aspects of opinion that are glanced by or discredited, to the discredit of those who are represented. I would recommend this book as a baseline for the historical significance of racism in America. While I do not agree with the comparing of Caste in India with the racism in America, both clearly exist, and both must be fully acknowledged to have any hope of change. Read the book; draw your own conclusion.
Utterly captivating and deserves more than one reading. Highly educational and brings forth an integrated understanding of racism and it’s sad history and caste is an excellent word for it.
Its hard not to feel empahty for the project undertaken in this book. Some of the narratives are interesting, educational, and at times, entertaining, but framing the discussion of race in America in the context of caste left me thinking..
"Is the political environment in the US so toxic, is the discussion of americas racism so tabu, that you have to veil it in unnecessary layers of (nonsensical) terminology?"
I am a white european, so I dont have the experience, but thats the feeling this book left me with. While I am near shocked at some of the examples of systemic racism in this book, I am not convinved of the "caste" argument, and I do not think the narritives are tied together to anything that points to a "how" or a purpose.
Very well written, well read and insightful. I highly recommend this book.
Very well written and informative. A great read.
I wanted to like this book. I think the concept behind caste is very interesting and has legitimacy, but the author is so biased towards one ideology that the good parts of the book are drowned out. As a white male, I spent the entire time reading the book in a defensive mindset. As much as I wanted to understand the author’s experience and viewpoint, it was hard to empathize. Given a different tone, this could have been a great book.