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In this remarkable and elegant work, acclaimed Yale Law School professor Kenji Yoshino fuses legal manifesto and poetic memoir to call for a redefinition of civil rights in our law and culture.

Full Synopsis
Everyone covers. To cover is to downplay a disfavored trait so as to blend into the mainstream. Because all of us possess stigmatized attributes, we all encounter pressure to cover in our daily lives. Given its pervasiveness, we may experience this pressure to be a simple fact of social life.

Against conventional understanding, Kenji Yoshino argues that the demand to cover can pose a hidden threat to our civil rights. Though we have come to some consensus against penalizing people for differences based on race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, and disability, we still routinely deny equal treatment to people who refuse to downplay differences along these lines. Racial minorities are pressed to "act white" by changing their names, languages, or cultural practices. Women are told to "play like men" at work. Gays are asked not to engage in public displays of same-sex affection. In a wide-ranging analysis, Yoshino demonstrates that American civil rights law has generally ignored the threat posed by these covering demands. With passion and rigor, he shows that the work of civil rights will not be complete until it attends to the harms of coerced conformity.

"As healing as it is polemical, this book has tremendous potential as a touchstone in the struggle for universal human dignity." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"An insightful read." ---Booklist

"Provocative and affecting, Covering challenges us to be as open with one another as Yoshino is willing to be with us.” ---Boston Globe
Publishers Weekly Review

Covering

The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights

Author Kenji Yoshino

Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

Publication date Oct 4, 2016

Running time 7 hrs 7 min

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