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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This extraordinary book is many things at once: The 80 Best Books of The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.
The book starts out in a very personal narrative sort of way – while interesting, I guess I wanted something a bit more straight legal throughout the book.
In clear, lyrical prose, Covering quite literally brings the law to life. Law cases included in the book include cases of women who were penalized by their yohsino Yoshino is a Yale Law professor, first generation Japanese American and a gay man. Yoshino appears to be civering a loss near the end of the book, saying that “the explosive pluralism of contemporary American society will inexorably push this country away from group-based identity politics–there will be too many groups to keep track of, much less protect.
‘Covering’: Examining the Effects of Assimilation
As society evolves, so do these norms. Passing was an act that his parents demonstrated. Judicial efficacy and administration burdens aside, YES! And hate for ourselves.
Sweeping in breadth, brilliantly argued, and filled with insight, humor, and erudition. For certain jobs women were asked to be more masculine to show that they are rough, aggressive and forceful. The devout are instructed to minimize expressions of faith, and individuals with disabilities are urged to conceal the paraphernalia that permit them to function. Refresh and try again. The 60 Best Songs of playlist Mixed Media. I do disagree with much of it, however.
There are those who would applaud kenni progress of American civil rights.
Yoshino weaves his argument with threads from his own lived experience as a gay man and an Asian-American man. Yoshino, a law professor at Yale and a gay, Asian-American man, masterfully melds autobiography and legal scholarship in this book, marking a move from more traditional pleas for civil equality to a case for individual autonomy in identity politics.
Towards the end of the book some of the convoluted legal arguments lost me. There are many parts where it just becomes dull and I started using it as a way to make myself fall asleep. And thus, “covering” ends up more of a topic of conversation rather than anything of importance. Having previously attended law school myself, I have got to rank this as one of the best written books on a legal topic I’ve ever read.
Yoshino thought that this should be changed. That there is no reason for groups to cover:. The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of Inthe music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes. The devout are instructed to minimize expressions of faith, and individuals with disabilities are urged to conceal the paraphernalia that permit them to function.
His internal struggle to accept and embrace his identity inform the beginning of covering. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Yoehino Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of kenmi action;” who paternalistically feels ypshino can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a “more convenient season.
The book is very well written, perhaps one of the better written books I have read this uoshino. Views Read Edit View history. Yoshibo dealing with, respectively, gay rights and disabilities.
Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino
Lucid, lyrical, and very compelling — a wonderful blend of memoir and legal analysis. I was surprised that Yoshino quoted a great deal from Eric Liu’s The Accidental Asian though I understand why he uses the excerpts he does. I behaved as the rest of the room and kept quiet because that was the polite thing to do Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Japanese American internment is now an embarrassing memory, segregation is long kwnji us, and some states now recognize same-sex civil unions.
Gays are asked not to engage in public displays of same-sex affection. The NY Times also believe that the book showed a personal search that can motivate all others to find their true selves.
To cover is to downplay a disfavored trait so as to blend into the mainstream. Jun 18, Rebecca Radnor rated it really liked it Shelves: It is, as some have put it, a form of government designed for adults, not for coddling children. The result is a work that combines one of the most moving memoirs written in years with a landmark manifesto on the civil rights of the future.
In that regard, I get it. The only cue to the somewhat covert references is when there is phrasing like “in a more recent case. My therapist recommended this book to me and I can see why. Conversion is the ultimate demand for assimilation- while passing and covering leave the underlying identity relatively intact, conversion destroys it.
What of the private individual who likes to keep to themselves, who doesn’t wish to live a life on display?