The history you’ll read here has never been told: how corporations and politicians from both parties have convinced white middle class voters to vote against policies that benefit them by strategically using subtle, racially charged messages. Here this not as an accusation, so much as a call to take personal responsibility-- Haney Lopez points out that while we are all complicit in the perpetuation of dog whistle politics, as he calls these coded messages, voters who recognize that race has entered a conversation are more likely to make decisions free of racial paranoia. It's vitally important, then, to read this well-researched book: to understand for yourself how we came to have a "white man's party," and to more accurately interpret political platforms.
Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class - Ian Haney-Lopez
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 1st, 2015