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Prompt: In this class we touch on topics such as thinking globally about history, colonialism, inequality, human rights, and social movements; all of which are relevant today. Recent protests are forcing the US to reckon with its ugly past of racial inequality. Recent works by author Isabel Wilkerson ask, “Does the US have a “caste system” today?” Can caste systems operate at the transnational level as well? Could the divide between the first world and third world be described as a global caste system?

Some possible resources: America’s Enduring Caste System (2020) https://nyti.ms/2CZ8PHF

It’s More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America’s ‘Caste’ System (2020) https://www.npr.org/2020/08/04/898574852/its-more-than-racism-isabel-wilkerson-explains- america-s-caste-system

America’s ‘untouchables’: the silent power of the caste system (2020) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/28/untouchables-caste-system-us-race-martin- luther-king-india?CMP=share_btn_link

Does America have a caste system? (2018) https://theconversation.com/does-america-have-a-caste-system-89118

Racial and caste oppression have many similarities (2015) https://theconversation.com/racial-and-caste-oppression-have-many-similarities-37710

Directions: Use concepts and examples from the assigned course readings and course lectures to respond to the prompt. We are not asking you to summarize the readings/lectures/news sources or answer all the questions above. We are not asking for your unsupported opinions. We are asking you to make your own coherent and well-supported argument about the topic. Cite specific concepts, short quotes, and examples from the assigned readings and lectures as evidence to support your own argument. Your paper needs to include a thesis statement that outlines your argument.

Your paper should be 1000-1200 words or about 3-4 double spaced pages. Please pay careful attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Remember that citations are required for both paraphrasing and direct quotes from either the text or lecture. Feel free to cite other books and articles as needed. Include a full list of works cited at the end (APA, Chicago, or other citation standard – be consistent!).https://nyti.ms/2CZ8PHFhttps://www.npr.org/2020/08/04/898574852/its-more-than-racism-isabel-wilkerson-explains-america-s-caste-systemhttps://www.npr.org/2020/08/04/898574852/its-more-than-racism-isabel-wilkerson-explains-america-s-caste-systemhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/28/untouchables-caste-system-us-race-martin-luther-king-india?CMP=share_btn_linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/28/untouchables-caste-system-us-race-martin-luther-king-india?CMP=share_btn_linkhttps://theconversation.com/does-america-have-a-caste-system-89118https://theconversation.com/racial-and-caste-oppression-have-many-similarities-37710