Covering The Hidden Assault On Our Civil Rights. Against that conventional understanding, Kenji Yoshino argues that the demand to cover can pose a hidden. Praise. “[Kenji] Yoshino offers his personal search for authenticity as an encouragement for everyone to think deeply about the ways in which all of us have. Mar 21, Author Kenji Yoshino talks about his new book Covering: The Hidden Assault on our Human Rights, which examines the effects on civil rights.

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Simply recognizing covering demands is a good start, but where should we go from there? This extraordinary book is many things at once: The author is gay and Asian American.

Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino

Finally, he identifies the law’s failure or inability to address certain forms of social pressure. This extraordinary book is many things at once: He points out that in recent jurisprudence, people get protection for things that they can’t help, but if someone can modify behavior or appearance, then they’re not protected, regardless of the ridiculousness of the discrimination.

There are those who would applaud the progress of American civil rights. We had this as assigned reading in a class on Asian American issues.

Though we have come to some consensus against penalizing people for differences based on race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, and disability, we still routinely deny equal treatment to people who refuse to downplay differences along these lines.

Yoshino gives further evidence to his position through the Shahar case. I have to say that I heard the author speak about the book at had the same feeling during the speech. Sex discrimination surfaces in the courts, like the case in which Ann Hopkins sued Price Waterhouse.

The 20 Best Folk Albums of Should the government be forced to take back some of the oneness of making decisions for protection, and what would that entail? In times to come, this book could be viewed as a seminal work. Though they accepted the fact that Kenji was gay, it was not something talked about, and more ignored from their thought of their son. The concept of covering is one that I identify with on many levels.


First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate.

Covering | Kenji Yoshino

Yoshino contends that we are entering a new civil rights epoch, gripped by a new generation of discrimination he calls covering: An interesting look at this new phenomenon – the book’s first half discusses this from the perspective of gay rights and then br First came passing, then the imperative to assimilate to a white ideal, and now the new civil rights challenge of our time, according to the author, is forcing people to ‘cover’ or tamp down on their expressions of personhood, i.

Sep 18, Aron rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: At the same time, Yoshino is responsive to the American exasperation with identity politics, which often seems like an endless parade of groups asking for state and social solicitude. Covering elaborates an original, arresting account of identity and authenticity in American culture.

The new civil rights harnesses authenticity and sees a characteristic less in a group but more in terms of our common humanity.

As a memoirist, Yoshino is tops. Or will we, like the early gay activists, say we will not change, meeting the demands for conversion with a demand for equality? At times, the author’s attempts to be literary fall flat and were annoying. What most excited me about gay civil rights was its universal resonance.

The Hidden Assault on our Civil Rights, which posits civil rights and the issues of identity in a new manner. Some readers, however, will not love it. Yoshino’s personal story inspires, and his use of memoir keeps his discussion fresh. Against that conventional understanding, Kenji Yoshino argues that the demand to cover can pose a hidden threat to our civil rights.

Most people are familiar with conversion see ex-gays and being closeted; law professor Kenji Yoshino is working on examining a third, more subtle demand on non-conforming people: Most of the book focuses on his own experience coming out as gay and his growing awareness of how his comfort level impacted his conduct in different situations.

‘Covering’: Examining the Effects of Assimilation

Though you do not doubt the fact you are homosexual, you also do not radically menji for it and show the world that you are kenjk. According to Coveringour final answers lie in social solutions and not legal solutions. Rather than trying to change a gay kkenji perspective and likings, they would just ignore the fact that a person was gay.


This year’s collection includes many independent and self-published artists; no mainstream or superhero comic in sight. However, to what extent should this expression extend? There is no such thing as “too much justice. Yoshino bases his civil rights on gay activism, and the demands to first convert, pass, and then cover.

I really enjoyed this book, and think it would be really helpful for more people to read. Dec 11, Michael yosshino it really liked it Shelves: And what was really curious is that even after I came after out to my parents and came pass passing phase, I still felt this nagging urge or pressure to conform to straight norms.

Not all of them are wrong, however. I only gave this book 3 stars because, while it is a recollection of Kenji’s life experiences and his explanation of the concept of covering, he wrote the book in an aggressively intellectual manner. Gays are asked not eknji engage in public displays of same-sex affection. The book shows off his talent in both prose and law.

In many workforces, women earn the respect of her co-workers by acting masculine. The second one is affiliation, which is how much you culturally affiliate with gay culture. Yoshino, writing in a poetic tone, shares personal anecdotes to help frame the larger, societal issues he covers later in the book. It is not the role of law to made up for cowardice or laziness. Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is a near-perfect success both as a grand statement of solidarity and as a gorgeously wrought, long-overdue story of black life and black love.