Dog Whistle Politics: Racism that’s Much More than about Race

Dog Whistle Politics: How Politicians Use Coded Racism to Push Through Policies Hurting All is a new book written by Constitutional law Professor Ian Haney-López. He is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

There was another important book written several years ago that asked why a certain state [Kansas] did a 360 on its political leanings. The author wondered why Kansans now regularly vote for the GOP when their economic well being is in  downward spiral.  Why?  Because they had been hoodwinked by religion. They vote GOP because they have been led to believe that GOP stands for God’s Own Party.

Haney-Lopez posits an additional element in the GOP beg of tricks beyond religion: race. He believes that a whole swath of GOP voters are sucked into that party through subtle racism- dog whistle racism. And, like the citizens of Kansas, they vote against their own best economic interests.

Here is a Ted Talk featuring the author:


4 thoughts on “Dog Whistle Politics: Racism that’s Much More than about Race

  1. So what’s new, lol. Same ole blithering…
    Now try this on. Fast growing cities….Not one in the East or Mid-West.
    7 south of the Mason-Dixon, 2 in Utah, and Denver. 9 right of center.
    Wonder where the politics will go?

  2. “I agree, here in Kansas we are in a shift- I live in Johnson County, where more registered democrats now reside after a successful attempt at gerrymandering splitting Lawrence, the dott, and Johnson counties in a way to avoid blue dominance. This comes after we tried to pass jim crow-esc laws for gays claiming business owners could refuse to serve gays, and fire them for religious reasons. Among other things, my friends and I are now of voting age, and we are fed up with this… I guarantee Kansas will go blue these next two elections.”

    Taken from a blog comment….Make your day, M_R…Kansas going blue!

  3. “Before you start looking at the numbers, there are several things which you need to keep in mind. The survey responses generally reflect the “choir,” those people who faithfully attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, if not daily. They do not represent the feelings of those who have fallen away from the practice of their faith, are angry or frustrated or feel alienated by the Church. How I wish I could have heard from them as well, but given the short time line mandated by the Holy See for input, the only vehicle for informing God’s people of the survey was through those in church or some others who take the time to read this blog, the diocesan Facebook or Twitter, or our diocesan website. – See more at:

    Taken from a bishop in florida on his dioceses survey of issues in the church.

    How much change can there by with the aforesaid choir responding?

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