Dog whistle politics : how coded racial appeals have reinvented racism and wrecked the middle class
Title
Dog whistle politics : how coded racial appeals have reinvented racism and wrecked the middle class

Author
Haney-López, Ian.

ISBN
9780199964277

Physical Description
xiv, 277 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Contents
Preface. Learning about racism at Harvard Law -- Introduction. Racial politics and the middle class -- The GOP's rise as "the white man's party" -- Beyond hate : strategic racism -- The wrecking begins : Reagan -- The false allure of colorblindness -- Shifting the tune : Clinton and W. -- Getting away with racism -- Makers and takers : the Tea Party and Romney -- What's the matter with white voters? : Commonsense racism -- Obama's post-racial strategy -- Conclusion. To end dog whistle politics.

Subject Term
Racism -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
 
Racism -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
 
Communication in politics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
 
Communication in politics -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
 
Post-racialism -- United States -- History.

Geographic Term
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects -- History -- 20th century.
 
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects -- History -- 21st century.
 
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
 
United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-

Summary
Campaigning for president in 1980, Ronald Reagan told stories of Cadillac-driving "welfare queens" 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 is more relevant than ever in the age of the Tea Party and the first black president. In Dog Whistle Politics, Ian Haney López offers a sweeping account of how politicians and plutocrats deploy veiled racial appeals to persuade white voters to support policies that favor the 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, but ultimately vote to slash taxes for the rich, give corporations control over 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.--From publisher description.


LibraryMaterial TypeCall NumberItem AvailableCopiesStatus
Hardwood Creek Library (Forest Lake)Book323.1196 HAN11Nonfiction Collection