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Covering by Kenji Yoshino
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Aug 12, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir, non-fiction
Read in September, 2009

This book was super interesting- to see how we have moved to a place where people are more often protected in discrimination lawsuits when the case is directly about a minority status, but how the law fails in cases of covering. Don't ask don't tell is an easy example, where you cannot discriminate against gays in the military, only those who act on it- or those who do not cover. Case after case is cited on race, gender, sexuality, religion and disability where the law (and dominant culture) denies discrimination in cases of covering. The beginning half is part memoir about Yoshino's gay, japanese-american identity and his own acts of covering. it was painful and beautiful...i cried about the ways that I also cover, that we all cover really - all in this attempt to be "normal" and find affirmation. : (

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