Join us for the second Core Program Event of 2021-2022 with UC Berkeley Law Professor Ian Haney López. Register here: https:/tinyurl.com/haneylopez2021
This is a special event co-sponsored by the Dean's Office, the Core Program, the Black Studies Department, the Politics Department, Pre-Law Advising and The President's Office.
Race-Class Fusion Politics
We are now a multi-racial population. But can we become a multi-racial society, one that is genuinely racial egalitarian? To do so, we must build the will to overcome centuries of racism. But more than that, we must also defeat racism as an active strategy. In this talk, Ian Haney López challenges the audience to consider how racism functions as a class weapon, one that succeeds by actively promoting white supremacy. The point is not to elevate class over race, but rather, to learn to see how they often operate together. In turn, recognizing that race and class are already tightly linked helps make clear the power of race-class fusion politics: the power that comes from combining the movements for racial and economic justice (as well as other movements confronting social hierarchies or demanding that government work for the majority rather than for an emerging class of oligarchs).
Ian Haney López
Ian Haney López is a chaired law professor at UC Berkeley who specializes in Critical Race Theory. His focus for the last decade has been on the use of racism as a class weapon in electoral politics, and how to respond. In Dog Whistle Politics (2014), he detailed the fifty-year history of coded racism in American politics. In Merge Left (2019), Ian explained Donald Trump’s complex relationship with dog whistling and reported on his work with communication specialists and pollsters to develop an effective response. Ian is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published four books and two anthologies, and has been a visiting professor at Yale and Harvard.