The caste system is a social hierarchy common in South Asian countries and communities but has now also become a flashpoint in the United States. Earlier this year, Seattle became the first US city to explicitly ban caste discrimination. The new law has been celebrated by many and the state of California is considering passing a similar bill.
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But such moves are not without controversy. South Asians make up just about 2 percent of the US population, leading some to allege the new law unfairly singles out a minority community and perpetuates stereotypes.
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