Isabel Wilkerson describes caste as, “an artificial construction, a fixed and embedded ranking of human value that sets the presumed supremacy of one group against the presumed inferiority of other groups.” (Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, p. 17). Like Race in the United States, the ancient caste system in India creates a hierarchy by using artificial constructions such as occupation to create and maintain the supremacy of one caste over others. Caste in India is perpetual, this means that the occupation of ancestors is used to continually define and discriminate against people over generations. Thus, while skin color becomes…

Empathy is an important trait for a leader, whether they are leading a small non-profit or a large organization. Simply put then, the word “empathy” is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Although, the capacity for empathy is inborn, empathy is a learned behavior that must be developed, practiced, and honed on a regular basis. In other words, empathy as a learned behavior must be seen as a dynamic and fluid emotion that must be constantly re-examined and re-configured because it allows us to take into consideration perspectives, viewpoints, and opinions that we may…

White Incredulity and Why it Matters? Distrust, Disbelief, and the Immigrant Experience.

The term White Fragility coined by Robin D’Angelo refers to the defensiveness or disbelief that white people display when their ideas of race and white privilege are challenged. White Fragility connotes the idea of a brittle almost delicate Fabergé like white identity that can be shattered or broken at the slightest criticism. Such constructions intentionally or unintentionally center Whiteness and White experiences in conversations of race. Furthermore, White Fragility homogenizes the experiences that People of Color may have had in their interactions with Whiteness and White folk. It…

Sharon Jacob

Author, Scholar, Indian Food and Movie Enthusiast.

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