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Ian Haney Lopez in the news:



‘Dog whistle’ is GOP’s longtime political weapon of choice

Ian Haney López quoted by The Chicago Reporter, August 29, 2016

Dog whistle politics is not the introduction of race into American politics. It’s been there for 250 years. Rather, it’s a recasting of race in American politics in the form of coded language.


The state of U.S. democracy

Ian Haney López interviewed by KALW-FM, Your Call, July 28, 2016

“It’s fundamentally a race-class story. Progressives need to respond to both elements. We lose when we only talk about class, because if we only talk about class, we don’t capture the way in which economic anxieties have been racialized in this country.”


The alt-right’s fear of a black planet

Ian Haney López quoted in VICE, July 12, 2016

“In the face of social change that has declared people of color are equally human with whites, that women are equally human with men and deserve the same rights of self-determination, that multiple religions and even non-religions ought to be respected,” he told VICE, there are segments of the population who are driven to reclaim their prior superior position in unjust hierarchies.”


In European reaction to presumptive 2016 GOP nominee, echoes of 1964

Ian Haney López quoted by CBS News: Face the Nation, May 20, 2016

“When you look at Goldwater you are looking at the inception of coded racial appeals,” notes Ian Haney López, Author of Dog Whistle Politics and Professor at Berkeley Law.


How populists like Bernie Sanders should talk about racism

Ian Haney López and Heather McGhee write for The Nation, Jan. 28, 2016

By exposing how the political manipulation of racial anxiety has hollowed out of the middle class, Sanders can elevate a simple message: When racism wins, everyone loses.


How politicians divide, conquer, and confuse American workers based on race

Ian Haney López interviewed by National Journal, Jan. 19, 2016

“We need to talk about ra­cism as a struc­tur­ing force that hi­jacks our polit­ics and the eco­nomy,” López said.


What social science tells us about racism in the Republican party

Ian Haney López interviewed by The Washington Post, Dec. 11, 2015

“These sorts of terms make Trump seem as if he’s this exceptional unique outlier, that he’s doing something that nobody else has done,” said Haney-López. “Clearly, in some ways he’s different from other politicians, but in his strategic decision to pursue support, to mobilize support by appealing to people’s racial fears, he’s well within the tradition that has been established in the Republican Party since roughly 1963.”


Is this the most racist political race in years?

Ian Haney López interviewed by Rolling Stone, Nov. 23, 2015

“This is a sort of racism that is often hidden from even the intended audience — the people these politicians hope to mobilize through this discourse of fear,” Haney López says.


University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe’s very telling resignation speech

Ian Haney López interviewed for The Washington Post, Nov. 10, 2015

“The university president fails to understand the circumstances the students are contending with and essentially dismisses them or, until his resignation, his obligation to listen to them and address them because the students did not ask nicely, they were not dressed in their Sunday best.”


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.