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America's Unspoken Caste System Aspen Ideas to Go

    • Philosophy

America has been shaped by a hidden phenomenon that touches all of our lives. A rigid hierarchy of human rankings, or caste system, influences our culture, politics, and even our health. Race is the metric by which one’s position in the caste system is determined. In her book, "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents," Isabel Wilkerson describes how these inherited rankings have been passed down through generations from the country's very founding.

America has been shaped by a hidden phenomenon that touches all of our lives. A rigid hierarchy of human rankings, or caste system, influences our culture, politics, and even our health. Race is the metric by which one’s position in the caste system is determined. In her book, "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents," Isabel Wilkerson describes how these inherited rankings have been passed down through generations from the country's very founding.

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