- A guide to manipulating bigotry to support an agenda, while insisting you didn’t mention race.
- Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race
Jenee Desmond-Harris, the Root
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Rep. Paul Ryan at the CPAC conference, on March 6, 2014, in National Harbor, Md. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
March 15 2014 | hen Paul Ryan talked about a "real culture problem" in "our inner cities in particular" this week, he wasn't the first American politician to be slammed for using racially coded language to get a point across. Far from it.
Ian Haney López, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, says it's not just the promotion of old-fashioned racial stereotypes that we need to worry about. Rather, he argues, it's the manipulation of racism in service of very specific goals.
Before becoming a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, Jenee Desmond-Harris worked as a staff writer for Vox.com, covering race, law, and politics in news articles, explainers, and features. She freelances for Time, the Root, and MSNBC.
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Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One, Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers and Company
- Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López tells Bill that dog whistle politics is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests.
- The Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part II