If a corporation owns the laborer, the means of production, and the product, that would be known as the plantation system or the institution of slavery. Because African labor was in high demand during a period of recent history, a caste system based on race was easy to implement. Between the World and Me is a personal account of America's history with race - this peculiar caste system based on continent of origin, greed, and lust for power. Every word of it is vivid and full of truth. I agree it should be required reading.