Kenji Yoshino: We're All A Bit Different, Why Cover That Up? [VIDEO]
"When I think about racial covering, I think about individuals who are asked to act "white" if they want to get ahead in the workplace," Yoshino says. He cites examples where it was suggested that black individuals forgo Afro hairstyles, or where workers were advised to not speak in their native tongue when working in "English-only" workplaces as evidence that this practice is still taking place. Further, he notes that many hate crimes are ignited because the victim was perceived as being "too open" about who they are without even attempting to "cover it up." As a dedicated advocate for the civil rights movement, Yoshino presents a new way of thinking about identity. Drawing on his own experiences growing up as a gay Asian-American, Yoshino explains the dangers that exist within a society that claims to support differences between its citizens—but denies equal treatment to those who refuse to downplay their differences. With an extensive background in law, Yohino not only assesses impediments to global equality, but also proposes ways to enact positive changes and provide justice and fairness for everyone.