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BCHRTF book discussion features 'Caste', origins of discontent

| November 27, 2021 1:00 AM

International Human Rights Day is celebrated around the world on Dec. 10. In keeping with this important day, Bonner County Human Rights Task Force has launched an upcoming cooperative project with the library, focusing on Isabel Wilkerson’s book “Caste, The Origins of Our Discontents”.

The book addresses “how America today and through its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings,” according to task force officials.

The book goes beyond race, class, or other factors to examine a caste system that defines a system of “human division,” BCHRTF officials said. Dr. Ann Masai, adjunct associate professor at St Mary’s College, Moraga, California will serve as moderator to introduce Wilkerson’s book and provide important background on upcoming topics.

Programs will be held on Tuesdays, starting Dec. 7, to discuss portions of the book and will be facilitated by BCHRTF board members.

Events will be held Dec. 7, 14, 21, and 28; and Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25. The discussions will be held from 5:30-7 p.m.

Both Zoom and in-person options will be available. Please register for the event via the link below. While participants are encouraged to attend all sessions, task force officials said they realize it may not be possible for all and encourage those interested to join them as they are able.

The in-person option will take place at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., Sandpoint.

Books may be purchased at Vanderford’s or may be checked out from the library.

Information and to register: bit.ly/3leO26e

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