Dogwhistles and Figleaves: Techniques of Racist Political Manipulation

Type: 
Colloquium Talks
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Building: 
Nador u. 15
Room: 
103
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 3:30pm
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Date: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:10pm

Until recently, it was widely believed that explicit expressions of racism would doom a political candidacy in the United States. Yet nonetheless racism was a frequently used tool that won many elections. This talk examines one of the methods, the dogwhistle, that allowed such racist electoral victories. It then turns to the present day, in which explicit racism is proving remarkably successful. Here I explore a different linguistic technique, the fig leaf, which I take to have enabled this success.