Title: 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

 Center for Research on Social Change, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Over the last half-century, the Republican Party has exploited social divisions—and racism in particular—to 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 Trump’s 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.