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When Caste Discrimination Comes To The United States

In South Asia, caste conflicts and discrimination remain a potent force in everyday life. A new survey shows that caste discrimination is playing out in the United States, as well.
Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Maari Zwick-Maitreyi and Karlene Griffiths Sekou of Black Lives Matter Boston, sit for a Q&A to talk about the results of a new survey on caste discrimination in the US. Source: Sonia Paul for NPR

At over three thousand years old, caste hierarchy is one of the oldest forms of social stratification in the world: the community you're born into in places like India, Pakistan and Nepal has designated where you can work, who you can marry, and what your reputation is in life. Even today in South Asia, caste conflict and discrimination remain a potent force in everyday life. In the United States, though, caste tends to be a relatively muted topic.

But a , "Caste in the United States," finds that caste discrimination is playing out in the United States as well — a finding that raises questions around how South Asian Americans

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