"In the United States, race is the visible manifestation of the invisible power exercised through caste. Caste is the skeleton, race is the skin. "
With this, Isabel Wilkerson defines the theme she deals with in the book Caste. The Origins of Our Discontent. She makes a comprehensive study of a phenomenon where the supposed superiority of one group is set against the supposed inferiority of another. This is a powerful infrastructure that keeps both groups in place and that in effect has an impact on life and death.
Wilkerson compares three caste systems that have distinguished themselves throughout history: the millennial caste system in India; the racial caste pyramid in the United States and what developed in a short time in Nazi Germany. All have been justified as "god-given" or "the law of nature" and revolve around power Those who have it, and. . .