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: