Racism And The Middle Class By Ian Haney Lopez Essay

1075 Words Dec 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Racism has been an infestation on society throughout the history of nearly every country. And, due to recent political events, many profess that the declared racism of America’s president elect will be the downfall of this country. However, many fail to realize that politicians well before the birth of the Millennials have implemented a coded style of racism called “dog whistle politics”. Dog whistle politics, in layman terms, is a political movement, speech, or campaign that has one meaning to the general public and another meaning to a subsequent group. In Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, Ian Haney-Lopez attempts to illustrate a rather biased opinion of the Republican party’s proclaimed race-baiting. Even though racism is a prevalent issue in all manners of political discord, Haney-Lopez writes a detailed and thorough, but rather partisan, view on coded racism in politics to appeal to certain groups of voters (predominantly white). The 2008 election of President Barack Obama was a major victory for the Democrat party of the United States. Not only had the Democrat party won the white house, but they also won the social war. The black community rejoiced and many former social activists of the 1950’s and 1960’s were ecstatic to see how far America had come since the political push against desegregation by the Republican party of the 1960’s. However, most of his presidency was overshadowed by pretense and…

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