Say the Right Thing

Say the Right Thing
How to talk about Identity, Diversity, and Justice 

In the current period of social and political unrest, conversations about identity are becoming more frequent and more difficult.

Kenji Yoshino and David Glasgow, founders of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at NYU School of Law, are here to show potential allies that these conversations don’t have to be so overwhelming.

Research-backed, accessible, and uplifting,
Say the Right Thing gives us the practical tools to move from unconsciously hurting people to consciously helping them.

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Marriage Equality on Trial

Kenji Yoshino tells the definitive story of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the trial that will stand as the most potent argument for marriage equality.

In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, rescinding the right of same-sex couples to marry in the state. Advocates for marriage equality were outraged. Still, major gay-rights groups opposed a federal challenge to the law, warning that it would be dangerously premature. A loss could set the movement back for decades.

A small group of activists, however, refused to wait. They turned to corporate lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies–best known for arguing opposite sides of Bush v. Gore–who filed a groundbreaking federal suit against the law.

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What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice

A provocative exploration of justice in our time through fresh readings of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

Celebrated legal scholar Kenji Yoshino’s first book, Covering, was acclaimed–from the New York Times Book Review to O, The Oprah Magazine, to the American Lawyer–for its elegant prose, its good humor,and its brilliant insights into civil rights and discrimination law.

Now, in A Thousand Times More Fair, Yoshino turns his attention to the broad question of what makes a fair and just society, and he delves deep into a surprising source to answer it: Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

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The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights

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

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.

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