Essay about The Hidden Assault On Our Civil Rights

2083 Words Nov 14th, 2016 9 Pages
Foreign cultures are stigmatized, or shamed, for possessing different lifestyles and physical features because they don’t fit into the mainstream society of the culture. Many of these foreign people conform and find different ways to blend in with the culture. Kenji Yoshino, author of “Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights,” discusses several instances where people try and “cover” or tone down a disfavored identity (293). On many occasions, people cover a disfavored identity to assimilate themselves into a more accepted society. Yoshino suggests that we cover based on four axes where we assimilate to a culture: appearance, affiliation, activism, and association (305). In other words, we can assimilate to a more accepted society by changing how we look, who we interact with, what we support and believe in, and who we choose to have relationships with. In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay “We Should All Be Feminists,” she expresses her outrage with society because society oppresses women and strip their equality as human beings. She discusses several instances where women learn to cover certain traits to fit themselves into a mainstream society to gain respect and equal rights. When people cover, it is agreeing to a social contract. It is like a give and exchange system where you assimilate and change your mutable characteristics to the culture’s mainstream and in return they will treat you as if you are “normal” and like them. Assimilation may backfire regarding…

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