Kenji Yoshino, the author, is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the The preface of the book best tells the meaning of covering. 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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I have to say that I heard the author speak about the book at had the same feeling during the speech.

Hence, the social demands to cover. To cover is to downplay a disfavored trait so as to blend into the mainstream. But his concealment caused great psychic pain. He discussed the yoshinno of authentic selves and autonomy. He argues, rightly, that being coerced to hide our true selves is a violation of our civil liberties. And thus, “covering” ends up more of a topic of conversation rather than anything of importance.

Kenji Yoshino explores the cost of conformity at work

Well, stop Kenji Yoshino is an up-and-coming east-coast professor of law. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. My therapist recommended this book to me and I can see why. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

In other words, it’s okay to be gay as long as you don’t flaunt it. All of us struggle for self-expression; we all have covered selves. The 20 Best Folk Albums of While Yoshino provides many examples of relevant case law and eloquently argues dovering a new paradigm of civil rights, what I particularly yoahino about the book was its description of a universal experience, that of feeling the need to hide your true identity in order to escape ridicule and put the people around you at ease.


And so what I advocate in the book is that if the employer says, well, you as an African American woman have to take out your cornrows, this was a case, then at a minimum I would want the employer to have to state why that would be the case.

Growing up, I assumed I was the word that rhymed with none other– like “silver” or “orange,” glistering bright, but sonnet foiling, and always solitary traveling. Don’t have a Kindle?

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Covering elaborates an original, arresting account of identity and authenticity in American culture. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Yoshino argues that the American Airlines “no cornrow” policy violated the Civil Rights Act by disproportionately burdening African Americans without a business justification. The aspiration of civil rights—the aspiration that we be free to develop cogering human capabilities without the impediment of witless conformity—is an aspiration that extends beyond traditional civil rights groups.

I have a work life and a home life. 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.

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

Finally, he identifies the law’s failure or inability to address certain forms of social pressure. Yoshino never quite gets around to telling us, however, and he does not strain to offer solutions when he knows there is no quick answer.


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Will we say we cannot change? You, yourself, talk about your journey as a gay man or your journey to become an openly gay man, particularly with your family. The book’s subtitle — The Hidden Assault On Our Civil Rights — promises too much heft to yoshinl addressed sufficiently in a page volume of mostly personal narrative.

I did not think of it as a suicidal thought. Yoshino gives further evidence to his position through the Shahar case. Yoshino bases his civil rights on gay activism, and the demands to first convert Yoshino argues that current anti-discrimination law is based on protecting minorities from discrimination that targets essential characteristics they can’t change, but does nothing to protect them from discrimination based on behaviors and choices they make based on their minority status.

Coevring for women, it’s more complicated. Since the courts do not see behavior a black woman wearing cornrows or a gay man having overtly effeminate mannerisms as an immutable aspect of ourselves, they are not protected under equal protection laws.