Thursday, March 2, 2017

"How Dog Whistle Politics Is Changing Under Trump," Ian Haney Lopez Interviewed By SOT

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"Dog Whistle Politics": Coded Language And The Rise Of Racially Scornful Political Rhetoric

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How Dog Whistle Politics Is Changing Under Trump

For decades, politicians have used coded language to talk about race without addressing it explicitly. Terms like "welfare queen," "illegal aliens" and "thug" are used to elicit responses from target audiences without directly addressing race. The practice is known as "dog whistle politics." However, critics of President Donald Trump argue his rhetoric is antagonistic and divisive when it comes to issues of race and inequality. Host Frank Stasio talks with Ian Haney Lopez, John H. Boalt professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, about the roots of dog whistle politics and how the rhetoric is shifting with President Trump. Lopez is the author of the book "Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked The Middle Class" (University of Oxford Press/2014) . He speaks tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Page Auditorium at Duke University. Lopez will also participate in the forum "Policing Color: Black, Brown and Blue" at Duke University's Penn

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