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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Covering’s antidote that the court cannot legislate, but the the people can celebrate: This book challenges us knji to confront our own unacknowledged biases, and it demands that we take seriously the idea that there are many different ways to be human.

Views Read Edit View history. Rather than trying to change a gay person’s perspective and likings, they would just ignore the fact that a person was gay. This extraordinary book is many things at yohino Yoshino writes of “covering,” a fascinating concept that not only allows him to explore the current state of civil rights, but describe a method of being in the world that, while common among gays and other minority groups, will likely resonate with any reader.

Covering by Kenji Yoshino

Why does she have to wear her hair in an afro? And hate for ourselves.

Are all of these right? Unlike other civil rights groups, gays must articulate invisible selves without the initial support of our immediate communities. In our diverse society, all of us are outside the mainstream in some way […] every reader of this book has covered, whether consciously or not, and sometimes at significant personal cost.


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Covering | Kenji Yoshino

Yet the confidence it will come surely admits of degrees. Against that conventional understanding, Kenji Yoshino argues that the demand to cover can pose a hidden threat to our civil rights. Instead, we should see the law as the shelter we have built to protect ourselves, a shelter we can add to as our family grows larger.

Part legal theory, part memoir, [Covering] is a unique achievement for the charismatic young prof. Jun 03, Lubna rated it liked it Recommends it for: I would love for another author to write a similar book and have it explained for the masses. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

He also has some serious problems with how he construes the “choice to assimilate” in the book, often decrying it in one chapter and requiring it in another. Covering downplaying your “true self” to appease the majority.

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Read more Read less. Nonetheless, we have a lively discussion at my book club today, not the least because of the civil and human rights issues addressed in the book, and our current political climate.


The New York Times. I highly recommend that everyone read this book, whether you belong to a marginalized group or not. Though conversion therapy is scarce today, conversion therapists feel that Americans have been brainwashed into accepting homosexuality after such strong thoughts against the sexuality during the mid-late ‘s. Stay in Touch Sign up. Many reviews do point out the fact that it is something a lot of people do go through because society wants them to kejni in a certain mold.

As a result, Yoshino and Smith have proposed the Uncovering Talent model, a series of steps that organizations can follow to reevaluate what they communicate to employees about covering. After discussing passing, Goffman observes that ‘persons who are ready to admit possession of a stigma The way that I tell the story in the book is as a movement through three weakening demands for assimilation, first conversion, then passing, and then covering. I write “or” because he believes that the law may not be an effective mechanism for addressing these issues, because they may beyond the scope of what can possibly be enforced through litigation.

Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural. People who want to puruse human flourishing without limitations based on bias.

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