Dog Whistle Politics: Race Baiting and Right Wing Populism in the 2016 Election

Start: Thursday, January 14, 2016 9:00 AM


National Affairs Correspondent at the Nation Joan Walsh, Moderator
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

U.C. Berkley Professor Ian Haney Lopez
Demos President Heather McGhee
D.C. Univision Anchor Tsi-tsi-ki Félix

On January 14, 2016, the AFL-CIO, Demos, and UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society will host an event on Dog Whistle Politics and Right Wing Populism in the 2016 Election. As we all know, candidates who inject disparaging racial, ethnic or gender-based messages into our politics do it to divide working people and divert them from recognizing their common economic interests and keep them from focusing on the real problem - the wealthy and powerful who are undermining democracy and rewriting the rules of our economy.

Event Description:

A panel discussion around the release of the report “Race and Economic Jeopardy for All: A Framing Paper for Defeating Dog Whistle Politics” by Professor Ian Haney Lopez. The panel will discuss the intersection of race, the economy and the impact on the 2016 election and will call attention to the current narrative of right wing Presidential candidates and the biases, both implicit and explicit, in their public messaging.

At a time when all are deep in preparations for the 2016 election we believe we need to have a public conversation about how to proactively call out the use of racial dog whistles to mobilize voter anger and fear for electoral gain. We hope you and your staff can join us on January 14th .

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