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Book review of Caste: The lies that Divide Us

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Dalits | Racism | United States

Shreekant Sambrani 

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Book cover of Caste: The lies that Divide Us

was the first person of colour to win the US presidency in 2008, much to the jubilation of the whole world. But his successor, subject of more loathing than admiration, refused earlier this week to denounce White supremacist groups in the billingsgate that passed for the first presidential debate. This refusal came in the wake of events in Minneapolis, Rochester, Atlanta, Kenosha, among other American cities, involving the use of disproportionate police force against black people resulting in death or grievous injury, all through the spring and summer of 2020. Were we premature in celebrating that transformative moment 12 years ago as the beginning of a post-racial America?

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First Published: Sat, October 03 2020. 01:06 IST
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