Coalition of Hindus of North America

Several scholars have pointed out the flaws in Isabel Wilkerson’s much acclaimed book around “Caste”. Despite this, few have got the chance to engage or debate Ms. Wilkerson more deeply about the many issues raised. For a book that is being hailed as a prescriptive “must read” by talk show hosts there seems to be a glaring gap.

Recently, Dr. Saida Grundy, a feminist sociologist of race & ethnicity and Assistant Professor of Sociology, African-American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Boston University; a proud Spelman graduate, shared her experience at attempting to engage with Ms Wilkerson in a critical discussion of her book. Dr. Grundy had been asked to moderate the conversation with Ms. Wilkerson, as part of a pre-planned event hosted by the Boston Museum of Science, with questions submitted well in advance. Not only did the celebrated author refuse to engage in the discussion, she asked for Dr. Grundy to be removed from the event, 3 minutes before start time.

Dr. Grundy’s post has sparked an animated discussion among users on social media.The post is shared here, with her permission. You can also view the screenshots of the post.

We invite all readers to peruse the very thought provoking questions that Ms. Wilkerson failed to address and check out Dr. Grundy’s closing comment on her post ..

“YOU SHOULD NOT READ ANY BOOK ON RACE BY AN AUTHOR WHO RUNS FROM QUESTIONS OF SUBSTANCE FROM EXPERTS ON RACE, THE BLACK PUBLIC, OR ANYBODY WHO ASKED THEM TO RESPOND TO CRITIQUE.”