Imagining the End of Caste
Equality Labs is a South Asian organization that uses community research, socially engaged art, and technology to end the oppression of caste apartheid, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and religious intolerance.
Our vision is to center the leadership of South Asian caste and religion - oppressed communities in the ongoing redefinition of South Asian identity in the United States, across the diaspora, and in our home countries, from India to Tamil Eelam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Our membership includes Dalits (formerly known as the “Untouchable” people), Adivasi (indigenous people of South Asia), Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, and Christian South Asians.
While we are homogenized through the process of racialization into the category “South Asian” (and therefore share many of the challenges of racism), the reality is that this label renders invisible the history of violence that caste and religion-oppressed immigrants have faced in our home countries (and continue to face here) because of of the structures of Hindu fundamentalism.
We believe that all progressive South Asians must work towards the goals of ending white supremacy but crucially, also our internal hegemonies, such as that exemplified by caste. We also believe we must create spaces where women, femmes, gender non-binary, and trans leaders lead the way in identifying the problems and creating solutions. In doing so, we can truly ensure all South Asian Americans can create communities with equity.