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.
There are those who would applaud the progress of American civil rights. Japanese American internment is now an embarrassing memory, segregation is long behind us, and some states now recognize same-sex civil unions. Yoshiino, we seem to have developed a suspicion of turbans, and women still earn less than men, but aren’t these minor annoyances compared to the problems we once had? America could very well have reached the pinnacle of liberalism. Can we really progress civering further?
Yoshino contends that we are entering a new civil rights epoch, gripped by a new generation of discrimination he calls covering: We have not been able to see it as such because it has swaddled itself in the benign language of assimilation”.
To elaborate, Yoshino uses legal examples, but also draws upon his experiences as a gay man. Yoshino gracefully blends theory with memoir, and the result is a deeply personal, passionate foray into the future of our civil rights.
Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights
To define “covering,” Yoshino re-posits the history of civil rights as “the story of a struggle against weakening demands for assimilation — the demand to convert, the dovering to pass, the demand to cover.
Discrimination once targeted entire groups of minorities. Now, discrimination directs itself against those that fail to assimilate to mainstream kemji. Few would be foolish enough to openly discriminate because of race, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation now, but this does not mean prejudice has vanished. Yoshino uses several discrimination cases to illustrate.
American Airlinesfor example, American Airlines fired Rogers, an African American woman, for violating their grooming policy by wearing her hair in cornrows. Yoshino argues that the American Airlines “no cornrow” policy violated the Civil Rights Act by disproportionately burdening African Americans without a business justification.
Covering by Kenji Yoshino
In other words, American Airlines punished Roberts for “flaunting” her African American-ness with hair braids, and fired her for failing to “cover” her racial identity with a mainstream hairstyle. The court ruled in favor of American Airlines.
Yoshino notes that covering demands, as illustrated by Roberts”occur at such an intimate and daily level that they are not susceptible to legal correction.
This is a rather chilling observation. According to Coveringour final answers lie in social solutions and not legal solutions. If we cannot depend upon the law, where does the future of civil rights lie? Simply recognizing covering demands is a good start, but where should we go from there? Yoshino never quite gets around to telling us, however, and he does not strain to offer menji when he knows there is no quick answer. This is both a relief and a disappointment. Covering does not bore with intricate, Foucault-ian critical theory, but it does not yishino much resolution, either.
If Covering lacks some critical force, it is ultimately effective because of Yoshino’s delicate honesty.
But his concealment caused great psychic pain. He felt himself a “thing of darkness. As he embraces his gay identity, he still finds himself shucking aside his Japanese identity. He ponders, “why is it I am so comfortable covering my Asian identity?
But Yoshino does not stumble around for one. Yoshino’s personal story inspires, and his use of memoir keeps his discussion fresh. And it is true, the universal speaks through Yoshino. Adam McKay’s gonzo Dick Cheney biopic satire, Vice, won’t be compared to Shakespeare, but it yoxhino the Bard’s disinterest in supervillains’ motivations.
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