Seattle Becomes First American City To Ban Caste Discrimination

  • Seattle became the first city to ban discrimination based on caste after a Tuesday vote by the city council.
  • The move to add caste to the city’s anti-discrimination laws was spearheaded by Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative party and an Indian American.
  • Dating back 3,000 years, the caste system rigidly divides Hindu society into a hierarchy based on birth or descent.
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