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Zadie Smith supports those who come together and bring different voices into one, with no need to cover an identity. On the other hand, Yoshino believes that covering an identity to fit into the social norm can be beneficial (Yoshino 308). Her respect for politicians, such as Obama, infers to the readers to reconsider the idea of “covering”. Obama “doesn’t just speak for his people”, but he “can speak them” due to the fact he has maintained a biracial profile and is able to relate to all races (Smith 250). Smith’s main goal is to support different voices that can come together as a “clear and unified voice” (Smith 254). Smith states “My double voice has deserted me for a 3
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single one, reflecting a smaller world into which my work has led me” (248). She believes that the idea of “covering” an identity can lead to a suggesting to reassess how, for example, Mungin went about covering his African American ethnicity. If he hadn’t covered his racial identity from the start, this obstacle at work would be a minor incident, rather than a shocking one. Obtaining many voices in the American society comes with its advantages and disadvantages. A downside to having many voices, as Obama did, led to people thinking “how can a man who passes between culturally black and white voices with such flexibility, which such ease, be an honest man?” (Smith 253). The people thought once he had gained their trust, he would turn his back on the minorities and stand with the majority group. The advantages do overtake the disadvantages. The mythically disadvantage of obtaining multiple voices could be seen as “uneducated”, but Smith dusts that off my saying “not all lettered people need to be of the same class, nor speak identically” (247). Smith shares how her one voice limited her at work, showing that having many voices expands not only knowledge, but opportunities as well. When she had obtained a single voice, she showed great regret stating “I should have kept both voices alive in my mouth” (248). Her highlighting advantage is that with multiple voices, there are new doors and opportunities constantly opening. Having a background on different ethnicities and obtaining knowledge on different backgrounds, as Obama did, lead to a better understanding of one another. According to Yoshino, when we assimilate to the mainstream, it is “often a necessity of social life” (293). Yoshino states “I recognize the value of assimilation, which is often necessary to fluid social interaction, to peaceful coexistence, and even to 4
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the dialogue through which difference is valued” (294). This is done simply to “get along
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  • Fall '09
  • CROSSEN
  • Kenji Yoshino

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