Covering, 111 Yale Law Journal 769 (2002)
Assimilation is the magic in the American Dream. Just as in our actual
dreams, magic permits us to transform into better, more beautiful creatures,
so too in the American Dream, assimilation permits us to become not only
Americans, but the kind of Americans we seek to be. Justice Scalia recently
expressed this pro-assimilation sentiment when he joined a Supreme Court
majority to strike down an affirmative action program. Calling for the end
of race-consciousness by public actors, Scalia said: "In the eyes of
government, we are just one race here. It is American."' Packed into this
statement is the idea that we should set aside the racial identifications that
divide us-black, white, Asian, Latino-and embrace the Americanness
that unites us all.
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queer, cultural contexts, legal contexts
Yoshino, Kenji, "Covering" (2002). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 4382.