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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.

Dog whistle politics: How the GOP became the “white man’s party”

Ian Haney-López writes for, December 22, 2013

Wallace was far from the only Southern politician to veer to the right on race in the 1950s. The mounting pressure for black equality destabilized a quiescent political culture that had assumed white supremacy was unassailable, putting pressure on all public persons to stake out their position for or against integration.

Columbia University moves to modernize trust fund

Ian Haney Lopez quoted in Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2013

Removing race-based restrictions from fellowships and financial aid awards was more common in the 1970s and 1980s, said Ian Haney Lopez…. “It’s important … for Columbia University symbolically to amend this fellowship,” Haney Lopez said, in what he described as part of an ongoing effort to correct a legacy of bias in the United States.

Another race case for a hostile Supreme Court

Ian Haney-Lopez quoted in ProPublica, March 26, 2013

“The court seems eager to weigh in on race,” said Ian Haney-Lopez, a constitutional scholar at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. “I think we are about to see an even more aggressive stance, not just against affirmative action but limiting anti-discrimination measures themselves.”

A colorblind Constitution: what Abigail Fisher’s affirmative action case is really about

Ian Haney-Lopez quoted in ProPublica, March 18, 2013

“I think that is incredibly important that people realize that today’s proponents of colorblindness pretend that they are the heirs to Thurgood Marshall and John Marshall Harlan,” he said. “But that is a lie. They are the heirs of Southern resistance to integration. And the colorblindness arguments that they use come directly from the Southern efforts to defeat Brown v. Board of Education.”

Who we are

Ian Haney-Lopez cited in Boulder Daily Camera, December 16, 2012

Ian F. Haney Lpez, a writer and professor of race and constitutional law at the University of California Berkeley, wrote about the idea of abolishing the concept of racial structures completely. In the beginning of the 21st Century, Lpez wrote “Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge.” In one section, “The Social Construction of Race,” he not only concludes that the thought of race is a complete social construct, but that “by choosing to resist racial constructions, we may emancipate ourselves and our children.”

Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown and the myth of race

Ian Haney-Lopez quoted in TIME, October 5, 2012

“There are no genetic characteristics possessed by all blacks but not by non-blacks,” wrote University of California at Berkeley law professor Ian Haney Lopez in the landmark 1993 essay The Social Construction of Race. Lopez concludes: “Race is a social construction.”

Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown and the myth of race

Ian Haney-Lopez quoted in TIME, October 5, 2012

“There are no genetic characteristics possessed by all blacks but not by non-blacks,” wrote University of California at Berkeley law professor Ian Haney Lopez in the landmark 1993 essay The Social Construction of Race. Lopez concludes: “Race is a social construction.”

Mexican Mitt

Ian Haney-Lopez writes for, September 29, 2012

Would a hypothetical Mitt Romero have an easier chance of being elected president than a Mitt Romney? The real Romney seemed to suggest that the answer would be yes. This claim came to light with the video that parted the curtain on Romney’s speech to high-end donors at a fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla. While most focused on Romney’s disparaging comments about 47 percent of the country, in another part Romney lamented that he lacks Mexican heritage.

American democracy examined at racial healing conference

Ian Haney-López quoted in Native News Network, April 30, 2012

Haney Lopez detailed how racism has evolved from the challenge of segregation in the 1950s and 1960s to now “mass incarceration,” which has a disproportionate impact on young African American and Latino males, and “mass deportation” of undocumented persons, which has led to thousands of parents having to leave their children behind in the care of the child welfare system.

Ian Haney-Lopez Criticizes SCOTUS Affirmative Action Rulings

The New York Times, Room for Debate, February 23, 2012 by Ian Haney-Lopez

The court seems intent on making federal laws banning discrimination as ineffective as they’ve rendered the constitution in detecting racial mistreatment; and also poised to extend the ban on affirmative action to corporations, private hospitals, foundations and unions. If these come to pass, the court will have curtailed every direct means of achieving an integrated society.