A book recommendation on behalf of BSPC’s Racial Justice Initiative:
Broad Streeter Sally Van Meter writes,
If you are like me, you have heard about racial injustice throughout your life. You have read about individual events in the paper and heard about others on radio or maybe even seen a movie that shows injustice. But these are snippets of information. Caste gives you the framework and the background for understanding how all these diverse events are connected. It gives us an understanding of how it has shaped our past and continues to shape us even today. Caste is one of a handful of books that is an absolute must read.
Caste is a book that begs to be discussed, again and again. So many issues are raised and we so need to share our impressions, our angst and our hopes.
On Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m., join Sally Van Meter on Zoom for a discussion about Caste. This effort is sponsored by BSPC’s Racial Justice Initiative, which hopes to extend meaningful conversation begun earlier by the Pizza & Prose book discussion group.
Sign up here to attend. You’ll receive the Zoom link via email.
Links to hear interviews with the author of Caste:
- See and listen to Isabel Wilkerson and Ken Burns in Conversation – YouTube, Oct, 7, 2020.
- Listen to an interview with Isabel Wilkerson by Bryan Stephenson
Information on where to find a copy of Caste:
- Your local library, and the consortium to which it belongs, reports that it has approximately 355 copies.
- This book is available in regular and large print and is 476 pages.
- It is also available in electronic form: in an ebook, an e audio book, Libby and possibly Kindle.
- Online at Barnes & Noble, among other online retailers.
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After reading Caste, I read Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns. In this book, she tells the stories of three families who were part of the Great Migration, and how their lives were impacted by structural racism in NYC, Chicago, and southern California. Having lived in each of those places as a child and young woman, I was challenged by Wilkerson to revisit my past, my white privilege, and my ignorance of the structural racism around me – a necessary first step in my own growth.
Check out this article on Isabel Wilkerson on FB