In order to emancipate and liberate oursewlves from the caste system, we have to, first and foremost, erase and eliminate it from our minds and remind ourselves that discrimination is an act of sin. But that’s a herculean task as the caste system has been stuck deep in our thoughts for over a millennia.
A year before Parasite, an American biographical comedy-drama directed by Peter Farrelly won the Academy awards for best picture. The movie follows the concert tour by the distinguished African American pianist and a jazz composer, Don Shirley, through the deep south sometime in 1962. To put this date in perspective, this was before Martin’s Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed discrimination.
I am Shikhar Gurung, a Nepali-American. I was born into a pleasant community in New Jersey, USA. I play volleyball for my school, Millburn High School in nice furnished indoor gyms that smell like sweat. During my recent stay in Sipaphokhare, a village in Sindhupalchowk, I played volleyball with kids on a court that was made of dirt and had the occasional intruding goat.