Dr. Ian Haney López

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 4:00 p.m. ET
Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley

The challenge for us as progressives is to show people that their racially egalitarian ideals are a pragmatic way for them to improve conditions for all families, including their own.

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Dr. Ian Haney López is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley. His work focuses on the use of racism as a class weapon in electoral politics and how to respond. He is the author of Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice (2004), White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race (2006), Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class (2014), Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America (2019). He served as co-chair of the Advisory Council to the AFL-CIO’s Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice, co-founded the Race-Class Narrative Project, and created the Race-Class Academy. He holds a master’s degree in history from Washington University, a master’s in public policy from Princeton, and a law degree from Harvard.

Dr. Haney López’s keynote address will explain how the climate movement cannot succeed unless race, class and gender solidarity are at the heart of everything we do.

Ian Haney López, "Dog Whistle Politics: Coded Racism and Inequality for All"

Rejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, in this lecture Ian Haney López links the two central themes that dominate American politics today: the Republican Party’s increasing reliance on white voters, and the destabilization and decline of the middle class—white and nonwhite members alike.

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