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Ep. 40 Dog Whistle Politics

Think of the words “Illegal alien” or “welfare queen.” What color faces do you see in your mind? Now think about about phrases like “real Americans” or “hard-working taxpayers.” What color faces do you see now? Ian Haney López argues such phrases are “dog whistles,” coded language used by politicians to get certain messages across. López is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and is the author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.

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