Caste, Class, & Race: A Study in Social Dynamics

Caste, Class, & Race: A Study in Social Dynamics

Caste, Class, & Race: A Study in Social Dynamics

Caste, Class, & Race: A Study in Social Dynamics

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Nothing has been more provocative of international ill will than problems springing from, and directly and indirectly related to, the phenomena of caste, class, and race. From one point of view, World War II was fought to decide the validity of the claims of Hitler's gang that their "racial" background entitled them to reorganize Europe and the world under the leadership of the "superior" Nazi Aryans. Similarly, the Japanese Jingoists fought the war in order to prove to themselves and to the rest of the world that they had the right to dominate the Asiatic continent as a "super-race."

Important though the racial differences between the Occident and the Orient may be, the peoples of the world, and especially the American people, might also give greater consideration to problems closer home. These may not have the dramatic interest that international relations possess, but they come closer to precipitating actual trouble. The most challenging aspects of these racial, religious, and linguistic groups, which constitute "minorities" in the midst of more numerous and dominating populations, have much to do with the underlying hatreds and machinations that furnish the background of the bitter social conflicts of the post-World War II years. They remain--tragic though it seems at the beginning of the first post-World War II decade--a continued source of trouble. Though frontiers have changed, their alteration far too often has resulted only in the accentuation of the general problem which confronts the world today. And the revolt of the millions of the non-Europeans against the rule of the white man, as especially exemplified in India, indicates that the old formula of domination, utilizing the old-fashioned concepts of the arrangements benefiting the ruling cliques of a few imperialistic nations, has to be drastically revised.

Obviously, while we are prone to regard the questions of caste, class . . .

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