Covering: the hidden assault on our civil rights by kenji yoshino my rating: 5 of 5 stars covering is an argument for a new direction of civil rights advocacy: protecting individuals' ability to live their full selves in our society. Uncovering covering kenji yoshino's a new civil rights is a captivating passage, which unveils his theory on how to completely abolish all unnecessary forms of assimilation and discrimination. Yoshino has written a book that is both treatise and memoir taking his cue from erving goffman's introduction of the term covering (in stigma: notes on the management of spoiled identity), yoshino writes from his own experience as a young gay japanese american who is also a lawyer and scholar at. Assimilation is the magic in the american dream just as in our actualdreams, magic permits us to transform into better, more beautiful creatures,so too in the american dream, assimilation permits us to become not onlyamericans, but the kind of americans we seek to be. In covering: the hidden assault on our civil rights, kenji yoshino argues for a new way of looking at discrimination and civil rights as the title indicates, this centers on the concept of covering, or downplaying a disfavored trait to blend in.
Kenji yoshino, in his essay covering: the hidden assault on our civil rights, asserts that everyone covers, and people cover in order to be accepted by the mainstream many teenagers would rather text than talk on the cellphone. Kenji yoshino is the face and the voice of the new civil rights -barbara ehrenreich, author ofnickel and dimed kenji yoshino has not only given us an important, compelling new way to understand civil rights law, a major accomplishment in itself, but with great bravery and honesty, he has forged his argument from the cauldron of his own.
Yale law professor kenji yoshino joins dean lawrence r velvel on this episode of the massachusetts school of law's books of our time, to talk about his book, covering: the hidden assault on our. Kenji yoshino is an up-and-coming east-coast professor of law and covering is a term he plucked out of academic obscurity to refer to the legion of demands placed on people who are different but who are asked to tone down or erase those differences in order to get ahead in the great white (straight) society. Yoshino's essay summary in the pressure to cover, kenji yoshino's essay that was published in the new york times magazine on january 15, 2006, he informs his audience about the term covering.
Kenji yoshino, a brilliant young law professor at yale law school, has just published covering: the hidden assault on our civil rights i haven't (yet) read the book, but i did read his adaptation in the new york times magazine last week (unfortunately, it is now only available on a subscription. In recent discussion of civil rights, one issue has been seen that minorities are covering or toning down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream (yoshino 479) on the one hand, some argues that covering is a vital part for a fluid social interaction and peaceful coexistence.
January 15, 2006 the pressure to cover by kenji yoshino when i began teaching at yale law school in 1998, a friend spoke to me frankly. 8 engage with, and the writing tasks required of them in high school have centered around summary and reaction rather than engagement and analysis. Yoshino argues that the pressure to cover constitutes a threat to our civil (and human) rights this writing seminar explores the theory that we uncover our genuine rights when we resist complicity with socially coercive mainstreaming of individuals and our differences. Yoshino is both poet and lawyer, and by joining an exquisitely observed personal memoir with a historical analysis of civil rights, he shows why gay rights is so controversial at present, why covering is the issue of contention, and why the covering demand, universal in application, is the civil rights issue of our time.
Ken yoshino in his essay, the new civil rights, argues that, individual behavior is prone to covering yoshino defines covering as toning-down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream (539. The article the pressure to cover, by kenji yoshino is an excerpt from his book covering: the hidden assault on our civil rights the article was published in the new york times magazine on january 15th, 2006 an important fact about yoshino is that he is a japanese homosexual as well as a. Indeed, yoshino argues that enforced covering is the contemporary form of discrimination to which racial minorities and women remain the most vulnerable yoshino thus contends that resistance to the covering demand in the legal and political spheres is an issue around which racial minorities, women, and gays might make common cause.