Caste in the United States A Survey Of Caste Among South Asian Americans

Report on 2018 survey from Equality Labs, which definitively found that all of the inequalities associated with Caste status, ritual purity, and social exclusion have become embedded within all of the major South Asian American institutions. Further, they extend into American mainstream institutions that have significant South Asian immigrant populations. This includes schools, workplaces, places of business, and religious institutions.
U.S. Institutional leaders, civic leaders, educators, policy makers, and community organizers must resist attempts to paint South Asians with a broad brush. Recognition of the prevalence of Caste – often hidden in plain sight in the diaspora – is the first and most critical step that must be taken before the challenge of addressing discrimination and erasure can be addressed. Key Words: Indian, hate crimes, discrimination, racism