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What do voters hear in Conservatives’ message on refugees?

Ian Haney López quoted in CBC News, Sept. 14, 2015

“People don’t realize they are being manipulated, they don’t realize their basest instincts are being appealed to,” he says. “Staying silent and not addressing that is an absolute failure.”

Canadian politics goes to the dogs

Ian Haney López book cited in Victoria News, March 17, 2015

Likely no country has employed dog-whistle politics longer or with more gusto than the United States. Indeed, in a book published last year … law professor Ian Haney López traced the practice back to the 1960s, long before the term was coined in Australia.

Talking in codes

Ian Haney López interviewed by Chicago Reporter, March 13, 2015

Dog whistle politics is all about the stimulation of racial fear. And yet, we should be clear on those who are doing the stimulating—on the politicians, the conservative sort of strategists, the Fox News media folks. … What happens in minority communities is just collateral damage. What they care about is winning votes, demonizing government, cutting taxes for the very rich.

Supreme Court’s latest race case: housing discrimination

Ian Haney López quoted in ProPublica, January 21, 2015

“The Supreme Court is newly aggressive in the area of race,” said Haney López. It is targeting efforts by other branches of society to remedy segregation and is striking them down.”

Whites more optimistic than blacks on race relations in the US

Ian Haney López interviewed by NPR, December 30, 2014

We need to get beyond the opinion, beyond the ideas and really ask, ‘How is race really working in terms of allocating power and resources in our society?’” says Ian Haney López.

UC Berkeley prof discusses racism, economics

Ian Haney López quoted in The Chicago Maroon, November 11, 2014

“If you want to understand the economic crisis in the middle class at large—not just the fate of poor minorities, but the 99 percent—you have to think about how race is being used in politics,” Haney López said.

Liberals wrongly repeat the race hustler attack

Ian Haney López writes for The Huffington Post, November 4, 2014

Talking about race need not reduce to racial demagoguery. On the contrary, addressing race can advance society, because racial reform depends on understanding racial dynamics. As with every deep social problem, resolution requires frank engagement.

Lansing suburbs slow change in ethnic diversity

Ian Haney López quoted in Lansing State Journal, November 1, 2014

“If we have a notion of whiteness that’s central to American political self-identity, it can only operate against a notion of non-whites, where whites are seen as people like us, people who deserve to be here, and non-whites are seen as people we need to guard against.”

Ebola fearmongering: the Right’s new dog whistle

Ian Haney López writes for Moyers and Company, October 17, 2014

It seems that those spreading panic about Ebola, ISIS and the southern border hope that their new rhetoric will reinvigorate an old tactic: racial dog whistling. It has never been bigotry amid politicians that drives this, so much as the cold calculation that stimulating racial panic can win votes.

How the politics of immigration is driving mass deportation

Ian Haney López writes for Moyers and Company, October 7, 2014

In June, Obama recognized that continued mass deportation has “meant the heartbreak of separated families.” Dog whistling on the right is responsible for much of this heartbreak. But fault also lies with the Obama administration’s repeated decisions to defer and delay acting unilaterally, for the last six years, and now for a few more months, at least.

Dog whistling about ISIS — and Latinos too

Ian Haney López writes for Moyers and Company, September 30, 2014

There’s relatively little discussion of ISIS agents entering the country through airports, visa in hand, as the 9/11 attackers did. … Instead, the spotlight is on the border with Mexico, in a way that combines fear of terrorism in the Middle East with metastasized anxiety over Latino newcomers.

Heavy police tactics a reality for immigrants, Latinos too

Ian Haney López quoted in NBC News, Latino blog, August 28, 2014

“In the black community and in the Latino community, what you see now are protests against the way we have been dehumanized. That dehumanization is reflected in state policies and over policing,” said Ian Haney López.

Republicans distance selves from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy over racial remarks

Ian Haney López quoted in The Washington Post, April 24, 2014

“He is a window into the soul of modern conservatism,” said Ian Haney López … who wrote a book called “Dog Whistle Politics.” He added, “A demonization of minorities and a demonization of the government in modern conservatism—those are inextricably linked.”

It’s Worse than Paul Ryan: The right has a new ugly, racial dog whistle

Ian Haney-López writes for Salon, March 22, 2014

Race-baiting superficially aims at minorities and hits nonwhite communities hard, including the 24 percent of food stamp recipients who are black. But just as cuts to food aid also afflict the 38 percent of program participants who are white, dog-whistle politics savages Americans of every race. And it devastates every class, too, for this sort of racial politics doesn’t just slam the poor, it imperils all who are better off when government protects the broad middle rather than serves society’s sultans.


Is Paul Ryan racist?

Ian Haney-López writes for Politico, March 14, 2014

These instances of racial pandering typically have been treated as disconnected eruptions, when in fact the GOP has made a concerted effort to win support through racial appeals. This pattern is so entrenched—and so well known—that two different chairs of the Republican National Committee have acknowledged and apologized for this strategy.

Preview: The dog whistle politics of race

Ian Haney López interviewed on Moyers & Company, February 26, 2014
“Dog whistle politics doesn’t come out of animus at all,” Haney López tells Moyers. “It doesn’t come out of some desire to hurt minorities. It comes out of a desire to win votes. And in that sense, I want to start using the term strategic racism. It’s racism as a strategy. It’s cold, it’s calculating, it’s considered, it’s the decision to achieve one’s own ends—here, winning votes—by stirring racial animosity.”

How politicians and plutocrats persuade Americans to vote against their interests

Ian Haney López interviewed on Background Briefing with Ian Masters, February 19, 2014
Then finally we speak with Ian Haney López … author of the new book “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class”. We discuss his ground-breaking analysis of how politicians and plutocrats use veiled racist appeals to persuade white voters to support policies that favor the extremely rich while threatening the real interests of middle class and working Americans.

Exploring the myth of the ‘welfare queen’

Ian Haney López interviewed by HuffPost Live, January 28, 2014
“Through terms like ‘welfare queen,’ Republicans have convinced the majority of whites that the biggest threat in their lives comes from poor minorities who are ripping them off, when, in fact, the biggest threat in the lives of almost all Americans comes from concentrated wealth: from very rich individuals and from corporations that have taken over government, have taken over the marketplace, and have rigged the rules in their favor.”

Ian Haney López on dog whistle politics

Ian Haney López interviewed on MSNBC, January 13, 2014
“In order for people to have a path out of poverty, and in order for the middle class to thrive, we need a government that’s geared towards helping the middle class, not a government geared towards helping the rich. But in order to have that, we need to stop being divided by race. And how are we being divided by race? We’re being divided by race by a new sort of racial rhetoric that operates in code.”

Morning report: Dog whistle politics

Ian Haney-López book reviewed in the Arkansas Times, December 23, 2013

From Wallace to Nixon and Reagan and beyond, the book describes the transformation of Southern politics and the Republican Party, helped mightily by racism, though a more gentle form than the violent white supremacist variety.