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America and the Paradox of Anti-Caste Activism

“America and the Paradox of Anti-Caste Activism”, India Facts, March 17, 2023:

“On February 21 the Seattle City Council voted 6-1 to put caste among the banned categories in its non-discrimination policy. The Council, which has only one Indian-American on the panel, and the one driving the resolution, decided to outlaw caste discrimination on par with other forms of discrimination — racial, ethnic, religious, gender-based, etc.

By doing this Seattle became the first US city to ban caste discrimination and the first in the world to pass such a law outside India. Caste has already been outlawed in the non-discrimination policy of several American universities and colleges. In December 2019, Brandeis University near Boston became the first US university to include caste in its non-discrimination policy.

The California State University System, one of the largest college systems in the US with its 23 campuses, Colby College, Brown University, and the University of California, Davis have all adopted similar measures. Harvard University instituted caste protections for student workers in 2021 as part of its contract with its graduate student union….”

Read the full article at Indiafacts.org.in

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