Covering: from the New Yorker
The New Yorker
Yoshino’s memoir-cum-treatise combines a provocative examination of the current state of civil rights with an account of his experiences as a gay Japanese-American. Arguing that discrimination now targets “the subset of the group that fails to assimilate to mainstream norms,” Yoshino describes a phenomenon that he calls “covering”: the pressure exerted on racial minorities to “act white,” the social acceptance offered to gays as long as they don’t “flaunt” their identities, the ways women in the workplace are expected to camouflage their lives as mothers. Exploring the history of civil-rights litigation in the United States, Yoshino concludes that courts have too often focussed on individuals’ capacity to assimilate, rather than on the legitimacy of the demand that they do so.
Dash- Your words re your father resonated with me strongly and made me contemplate that each generation has its opportunities to throw off prejudice and ignorance. I imagine that your very presence is quite informative in this area.
Be the love you seek.
Last edited by Daniel; 04-09-2006 at 01:17 PM.