Racism, Plutocracy, and the 2020 Election
Colloquium | February 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220
Ian Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley
Over the last half-century, the Republican Party has exploited social divisionsand racism in particularto win power, and then has ruled primarily on behalf of the ultra-wealthy. No one better symbolizes the conjoined dynamics of racism and plutocracy than Donald Trump. In this lecture, Prof. Haney López lays out the history of dog whistle politics and Trumps place within it. Then he suggests a clear way forward. Haney López recently co-led a national research project focused on developing the most effective political rejoinder to strategic racism as a class weapon. The research demonstrates dog whistle politics can be defeated. Drawing on these results, this lecture assesses the looming 2020 presidential election.