Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class

Ian F. Haney-Lopez / Oct 23, 2019

Dog Whistle Politics How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class Campaigning for president in Ronald Reagan told stories of Cadillac driving welfare queens and strapping young bucks buying T bone steaks with food stamps In trumpeting these tales of welfare ru

  • Title: Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class
  • Author: Ian F. Haney-Lopez
  • ISBN: 9780199964277
  • Page: 380
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  • Campaigning for president in 1980, Ronald Reagan told stories of Cadillac driving welfare queens and strapping young bucks buying T bone steaks with food stamps In trumpeting these tales of welfare run amok, Reagan never needed to mention race, because he was blowing a dog whistle sending a message about racial minorities inaudible on one level, but clearly heard onCampaigning for president in 1980, Ronald Reagan told stories of Cadillac driving welfare queens and strapping young bucks buying T bone steaks with food stamps In trumpeting these tales of welfare run amok, Reagan never needed to mention race, because he was blowing a dog whistle sending a message about racial minorities inaudible on one level, but clearly heard on another In doing so, he tapped into a long political tradition that started with George Wallace and Richard Nixon, and is relevant than ever in the age of the Tea Party and the first black president In Dog Whistle Politics, Ian Haney Lopez offers a sweeping account of how politicians and plutocrats deploy veiled racial appeals to persuade white voters to support policies that favor the extremely rich yet threaten their own interests Dog whistle appeals generate middle class enthusiasm for political candidates who promise to crack down on crime, curb undocumented immigration, and protect the heartland against Islamic infiltration, but ultimately vote to slash taxes for the rich, give corporations regulatory control over industry and financial markets, and aggressively curtail social services White voters, convinced by powerful interests that minorities are their true enemies, fail to see the connection between the political agendas they support and the surging wealth inequality that takes an increasing toll on their lives The tactic continues at full force, with the Republican Party using racial provocations to drum up enthusiasm for weakening unions and public pensions, defunding public schools, and opposing health care reform Rejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, Haney Lopez links as never before the two central themes that dominate American politics today the decline of the middle class and the Republican Party s increasing reliance on white voters Dog Whistle Politics will generate a lively and much needed debate about how racial politics has destabilized the American middle class white and nonwhite members alike.

    Dog whistle politics Dog whistle politics is political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different, or specific resonance for a targeted subgroup The analogy is to a dog whistle, whose ultrasonic whistling sound is heard by dogs but inaudible to humans. The term can be distinguished from code words used in some specialist Dog whistle A dog whistle also known as silent whistle or Galton s whistle is a type of whistle that emits sound in the ultrasonic range, which people cannot hear but some other animals can, including dogs and domestic cats, and is used in their training.It was invented in by Francis Galton and is mentioned in his book Inquiries into Human Faculty and its Development, in which he describes Wayne Swan warns against a resurgence of dog whistle Former deputy prime minister says Coalition is intent on deploying same strategy as Tampa episode in Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Blows The Dog Whistle On Laura Ingraham is a Fox News personality whose job is to say nice things about Donald Trump and generally seem kind of impatient, a job that she carries off while exuding all the charisma and Theresa May s dog whistle rhetoric on EU citizens jumping Disclosure statement Nando Sigona receives funding from the Economic and Social Research Council as part of The UK in a Changing Europe programme. Rep Steve King crossed the line on race by using a There is a line, one that far right politicians know they must not cross Rep Steve King, R Iowa, once described undocumented Mexican immigrants as drug mules and likened them to dogs He Messianic Rabbi At Pence Event Was Yet Another Dog Whistle Oct , But the Trump administration rarely chooses generosity And when it comes to showing respect to America s Jews, they are far likely to take the opportunity to dog whistle to their white Trump s Jerusalem Embassy Ceremony Was One Big Dog Whistle May , The opening of the embassy was consecrated, as it were, by two pastors who exemplify the concerns, complexities and controversies of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Do Ancient Greek and Roman Texts Support Red Pill Ideas Not All Dead White Men author Donna Zuckerberg talks to TIME about the uses and misuses of the classics by modern antifeminist thinkers. Best Books of NPR Dec , NPR s Book Concierge Our Guide To s Great Reads by Nicole Cohen, David Eads, Rose Friedman, Becky Lettenberger, Petra Mayer, Beth Novey and Christina Rees Published December ,

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    1. Absolutely fascinating, incredible. Brilliantly articulated. I do not say this lightly, but this is a book EVERY undergraduate in this country should read. Not for the politics of it, but because I've never come across any other piece of writing that so cogently explains the way in which racism has transmogrified over the last half-century, how it is still so pervasive - perhaps even more so in some ways - and how it affects ALL of us.


    2. I've taken some heated feedback on for my review (which follows). I stand by the review, and note that many/most of the negative reactions are paddling in the same river.So here's the review:==========================The opening sentence of this screed betrays its bias: "Let's start with an open secret: Republicans rely on racial entreaties to help win elections."If you are a Democrat who believes this is the unvarnished and complete truth, by all means buy it and reinforce your beliefs. If you [...]


    3. “Dog Whistle Politics” is a book that’s too smart by half……which still makes it twice as smart as most books on race, earning it my rating of four stars. First, the good. López does a masterful job of articulating the nuances of modern racism and the arc of its history over the last half century. By “dog whistle politics” López is referring to conscious political strategies whereby latent white fears and insecurities about race are channeled into self-destructive anti-minority ac [...]


    4. I seriously underestimated how much Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked the Middle Class Ian Haney Lopez would affect me. As I started reading, I expected a rehashing of contents I already knew. While there was some of that, there was also information about the history of racism in the United States that I never fully knew. I expected to read the book quickly without the need to pause and think about what I read. Instead, the book took me quite a w [...]


    5. While I have known about the history of coded racial appeals particularly in the political arena for quite some time, it is important that López provides fresh analysis on this issue and how it should be addressed. The conservative right will continue to use race and other cultural wedge issues to push their agenda. With the ever-increasing class divide in this country, the conservative right has no interest in closing the gap when it comes to the economic inequality of politically marginalized [...]


    6. At first I wasn’t sure how relevant this book would feel to me considering it was published before the 2016 election, but it turns out dog whistle politics aren’t new at all, they’ve just become more overt in the Trump era. Haney-Lopez’s analysis of how politicians on both sides of the aisle have exploited the fear, anger, and suspicion of white people to garner votes and control the electorate provides useful context for people who are dismayed by the blatant bigotry they see in our cou [...]


    7. Instead of rehashing what I've been posting about this book, for the review, I'll merely paste the letter I sent to the authorMr. Lopez,I just finished reading "Dog Whistle Politics" today. I was deeply disturbed at what I read. I am disturbed that young, impressionable women and men will read this book and take it seriously. You're obviously intelligent and studious; however, you used your time and skills to generate a book that is basically a long example of left wing race baiting.If I take yo [...]


    8. What a nice coda in some ways to my law school experience.I recall seeing Professor Haney Lopez give the Derrick Bell Lecture on Race in American Society as a first year law student at NYU. Shockingly, Haney Lopez, now a foremost critical race theorist, described how he stormed out to Professor Bell's class as a student, disturb by Bell's insistence on the permanence of racism in American society. Dog Whistle Politics starts off with this very same story, both the author's initial reaction to Pr [...]


    9. A book about racism from a person who is himself a racist. He believes all white people are racist and that every problem in society is because of that white racism. His answer to racism is even more racism. He sees everything as a zero sum game. The only way to bring someone up is to tear someone else down. That is ludicrous. We are all created equal and should all be treated that way, no matter what color we are. My mom always said two wrongs don't make a right.We do have a problem of racism. [...]


    10. Much like The New Jim Crow and Miner’s Canary, this book eviscerates the idea that modern “colorblindness” is really about racial equality, both in intent and in its fruits. It firmly asserts that most people who have embraced colorblindness aren’t bad people, just ignorant of history and its consequences. Lucid and well cited. Could have used more concrete advice on how to frame the conversation with these not-bad people about how they are on the wrong side of history.


    11. Not an awful lot new here if you've been paying attention, but Lopez is a good compendium how the right has used race baiting tactics to undermine the middle class in this country and advance the interests of the very rich, and how the Democrats have failed to effectively fight their demagoguery, largely through a mistaken policy of color blindness.


    12. An uneven but ultimately informative account and call to action to address the racism that provides the foundation for much of today's American political scene. I think this book could be considered the third volume of a trilogy that includes Douglas Blackmon's Slavery By Another Name and Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow.Lopez's definition of three core components that form dog whistle politics--hate, structural racism and implicit bias--is helpful and insightful. He predictably recounts Re [...]


    13. I'm familiar with the concept of Dog Whistle" messaging. An idea is communicated with carefully crafted words and phrases, and for some the terminology is couched in emotional meaning. And to others it may simply be so many words. The intended message is only heard by some, just as a dog whistle is heard by dogs, but not humans. Lopez has concentrated on how race has been used for 50 years to further the political goals of many politicians, especially but not exclusively in the Republican Party. [...]


    14. Ian Haney López’s Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked The Middle Class analyzes the history of political rhetoric since the civil rights era. In essence, Lopez argues that despite claims of living in a post-racial society, appeals to racism are alive and well. López presents an intriguing assessment on racism, suggesting that there is more to racism than mere bigotry: i.e. many racists are decent people who have come to accept racial disparitie [...]


    15. Made me think. Most people who have followed electoral politics in recent years knows about the "birthers" who believe President Obama is not a US citizen and therefore is not the legitimate President of the United States. Lopez takes the reader through this and much more, looking at how campaigns use "coded" language to demean people of different skin colors and classes than perhaps the audience that the campaigns are speaking to. The book is a mostly chronological look at campaigns and presid [...]


    16. I found Dog Whistle Politics utterly fascinating, horrifying and heartbreaking all at the same time. Lopez defines dog whistling as "inaudible and easily denied in one range, yet stimulating strong reactions in another." Lopez dissects how dogwhistling started in the 1960s and let to the Republican party becoming the white man's party. He is even handed though and takes Democrats to take as well.His explanation and analysis of why being "color-blind" is actually harmful is one of the best I've e [...]


    17. I actually wanted to give this book four and a half stars. My half-star "demerit" is for two minor quibbles: one, that he has a tendency to repeat himself, and two, his seemingly arbitrary enlargement of the middle-class to encompass not just the working class or "working poor", but the very poor as well.However, those minor complaints notwithstanding, I think everyone should read this book - blacks, whites, liberals and conservatives. Besides the usual suspects of Wallace, Nixon and Lee Atwater [...]


    18. I sincerely hope that Lopez began rewriting this book in the middle of last year, and we'll see an updated version on the shelves by 2017 or the year after. After five decades of dog whistle politics, it's culminated in Donald Trump, who uses not a dog whistle, but a bullhorn. Reading this book three years after its publication isn't a long time in the grand scheme of things, but politically, it's been an eternity and things have mutated quite drastically. I'd really love to see Lopez's explanat [...]


    19. So far I've only read the introduction to this fine book, but if anyone seeks an explanation for the horrifying result of the 2016 US election, this tells the tale, or at least part of it. It's tragic that voters can get bamboozled so easily and work against their own interests without realizing it.


    20. This is a grim but worthwhile overview of how the GOP's Southern Strategy. Given that Trump has massive support when under his tax plan middle-income taxpayers would see a savings of just two-tenths of 1 percent and the wealthiest would receive a 5 percent cut, Ian Haney Lopez's arguments are sadly on target.


    21. This is a fascinating and important book. It took me a long time to finish, as there was hardly a sentence that I did not want to commit to memory. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in understanding and addressing the racial injustices in the US.


    22. Earlier this year, Richard Sherman, a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, taped a post-game interview in which he called out a player from the opposing team and pronounced himself "the best corner in the game," adding, "Don't open your mouth about the best, or I'm going to shut it for you real quick!" The video went viral, and in the days that followed it seemed as though people could focus on little else. Unfortunately, much of the public discourse made liberal use of the term "thug," an insin [...]


    23. I found this book by turns fascinating, illuminating, and infuriating. I find it’s conclusions so dispiriting that I am having trouble even writing about it, and yet if what it asserts is true it is far better it sees the light of day than if we continue to sweep it under the rug. In a nutshell this is a history of racism in politics. It’s thesis is simple; racism isn’t disappearing, it’s adapting. The author traces racism as a political tool from the period after reconstruction when the [...]


    24. An in depth accounting of what Lopez calls 'strategic racism'. This is the use of racial appeals, not necessarily out of animosity or hatred towards specific groups, but to elicit an emotional response from the audience for strategic political ends. This has migrated from the overt racism of the Jim Crow era and Goldwater campaign to implied coded language of today against blacks, gays and Muslims to rally a white base on 'social issues'. These white audiences tend to abhor traditional racism, a [...]


    25. This is the best thing I've read about white people and voting "against their interests." It isn't perfect, but it is really really good. If you care about progressive politics, read this book.


    26. I started reading this book after I finished Derrick Bell's book "Faces at the bottom of the well". Both these books were recommended to me by my philosophy professor, and at the time I really thought these two individuals made great points, but I never really agreed with them completely on their main fundamental point because I thought its was too pessimistic- I now think I just didn't was to face reality. I started this book in the last 2 months of the 2016 election and finished the day after [...]


    27. One of my top five books all time.Easy to read, yet comprehensive and detailed. Dog Whistle Politics shows how politicians on both sides use coded messages, mostly racial, to trigger habitual fear reactions, convincing the poor and middle class to give up their power to the manipulative rich in exchange for economic and political slavery.I found the information both fascinating and embarrassing. We need more truth in the world, and books like this are an essential start in that direction.


    28. Lopez uncloaks covert racist language in contemporary American politics. Tough reading, because of the painful realities of racism still active and hurting so many and betraying the great American promise of equality and justice for all. Particularly important for those who may be skeptical about Lopez' thesis, and for all of us needing to engage these issues and make sure every one's lives matter.


    29. The first third of the book was brilliant, but then it got a bit repetitive. It's worth reading in order to decode all the racial dog whistling. It probably could use an update now that some of the racism is just out in the open,



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