Ian Haney López on Dog Whistle Politics

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On Disrupt with Karen Finney, Demos' newest Senior Fellow Ian Haney López explains the premise of his book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.

Dog Whistle offers a sweeping account of how politicians and plutocrats deploy veiled racial appeals to persuade white voters to support policies that favor the extremely rich yet threaten their own interests. 

Turning to the Tea Party, López argues conservatives have long provided Tea Party members with a convenient dog-whistle explanation for their troubled economic situation. Liberals ought to work harder to explain why such coded racial messaging is wrong on all counts.