Posted on August 5, 2020 at 11:04 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Oprah Winfrey recently announced Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents as her August book club pick, with the declaration that it “might be the most important book I’ve ever chosen.”

That’s quite the statement — and has probably made the wait time for Isabel Wilkerson's new book extremely long.

So if you’d like to learn more about why Wilkerson prefers to describe the US as having an unspoken caste system rather than focusing solely on racial divisions, you’ll be glad to find her interview on NPR’s Fresh Air.

You can read highlights from the conversation (including the links between Jim Crow laws and Nazi Germany), read the entire transcript, or listen to it below.

Wilkerson previously won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, becoming the first Black woman to do so. 

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Isabel Wilkerson has easily become one of my most important mentors with her two great books. I'm a white, 76 y/o male, retired physician who grew up in an all-white community in the border state of Missouri. Her books should be on every reading list in every class in every high school and college and university.
Welby Cox | 9/13/20 at 12:10 PM
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