Dog whistle politics : how coded racial appeals have reinvented racism and wrecked the middle class
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The decades-long increase in income inequality has become perhaps "the" issue in American politics, and scholars have offered many reasons for why the gap between the rich and the rest has widened so much since the mid-1970s. Most of the explanations have been social and political in thebroadest sense, and many have keyed on the propensity of middle- and working class Americans to vote against their own interest. Yet given that the greatest income divide is racial in nature, why have so few looked toward racially motivated behavior as a cause?Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Wrecked the Middle Class is a sweeping account of how "dog-whistle" racial politics contributed to increasing inequality in America since the 1960s. Now a pervasive term in American political coverage, "dog whistle" refers to coded signals sent tocertain constituencies that only those constituencies will understand. Just as only dogs can hear a dog whistle, only a constituency fluent in a subterranean argot can understand that argot when it is used. For instance, attacks on Obama's use of a teleprompter is a dog whistle for racist voters whoquestion blacks' (and by extension, the President's) intelligence.Haney's book will cover racial dog whistles in America from the 1960s to the present, showing that their appeal has helped generate working class and middle class populist enthusiasm for policies that were actually injurious to their own interests. As Haney-Lopez argues, the implicit associationbetween blacks and social welfare programs that dog whistle politicians make has led many voters to turn against the state itself despite the fact that they benefit from redistributive policies. The dog whistle tactic has been with us from at least the era of George Wallace, but every candidate whohas benefited from race-based resentments has used it: Nixon, Reagan (welfare queens), George Bush I (Willie Horton), Bill Clinton (Sister Souljah), and - most recently - Newt Gingrich. A sweeping reinterpretation of the recent political and legal history of the U.S., Dog Whistle Politics is sure togenerate a productive and lively debate about the role of race as a fundamental driver of inequality.
ContentsPreface. 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.
-- Political aspects
-- United States
-- 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.
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-
|Publisher|| Oxford ; New York :2014
xiv, 277 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -263) and index.
|ISBN||9780199964277 (hardback : alk. paper)
0199964270 (hardback : alk. paper)