Book Discussion of “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room

The Heritage community is invited to join Louise Lawarre and Martha Viehmann for a discussion of Isabel Wilkerson’s book Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room. 

We thought we were learning about racism, but Isabel Wilkerson urges us to recognize that American slavery and its legacies are built on the foundation of a caste system – a foundation that still supports the division of power and oppression in this country. Wilkerson argues that once we learn about caste, its history, and its heartbreaking effects, we can bridge the divides of the social hierarchies and make way for an inclusive future where we are all equal. 

You do not need to complete the book to join the discussion. In addition to borrowing or buying Caste, you have two other ways to explore WIlkerson’s ideas: the young reader’s version of Caste (it’s shorter!) or Ava DuVernay’s dramatization of Wilkerson’s thinking, researching, and writing of the book. The film, Origin, is available on many streaming platforms for $6 (Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube and more). 

Questions? Call Martha Viehmann at 513 231-8634 or email Louise Lawarre at