Preface Learning about Racism at Harvard Law School Introduction Racial Politics and the Middle Class Chapter One The Southern Strategy and the GOP's Rise as the White Man's Party Chapter Two Beyond Hate: Strategic Racism Chapter Three The Wrecking Begins: Ronald Reagan Chapter Four Colorblindness and Whites as Racial Victims Chapter Five Updating the Whistle: Clinton and W. Chapter Six How Conservatives Get Away with Racism Chapter Seven Makers and Takers Chapter Eight What's the Matter with White Voters? Chapter Nine Obama's Post-Racial Strategy Conclusion To End Dog Whistle Politics
Ian Haney Lopez is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. An incisive voice on race and identity since the publication of his path-breaking book White by Law (1996), he remains at the forefront of conversations about racial politics in modern America. He has been a visiting professor at both Yale and Harvard Law Schools.
"This is one of those books that should be required reading for anyone and everyone who is struggling to understand how and why political elites succeed, time and again, in persuading poor and working class whites to support regressive policies that are a boon for corporations but actually harm them and wreck the middle class. The answer to the riddle has far more to do with race than most want to acknowledge. But it isn't old-fashioned, malevolent racism that's to blame. No, as Haney Lopez brilliantly and painstakingly lays bare, what is unraveling our nation is not bad people, but a stubborn refusal to deal openly and honestly with the reality of how race operates today." --Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow "Read this book to understand how dog whistle politics enables the wealth gap to stay the same and even to get worse not just for blacks or other people of color but for the white working class as well. As Haney Lopez demonstrates, the vocabulary of race has changed. Nonetheless, race is still skillfully used to distract our attention from ongoing and pernicious disparities in economic opportunities." --Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor, Harvard Law School, and author of The Miner's Canary "A brilliant guide to modern politics, for anyone who wants to understand how outright racist appeals morphed into the genteel rhetoric of 'states rights' and from there into today's 'defund Obamacare' -- and why Democrats too often collude in rather than repudiate dog whistle politics." --Joan Walsh, Salon.com and MSNBC, and author of What's the Matter With White People "Grounded in history rather than theory, this is recommended to readers engaged in today's political discourse." --Library Journal