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Is This Really What’s Driving The Tea Party?

Ian Haney López, author of Dog Whistle Politics, talks to Bill Moyers about how the Tea Party movement has used strategic racism to get voters to the polls.
Is This Really What’s Driving The Tea Party?
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Via Moyers & Company:

As the tea party celebrates its fifth birthday this month, Ian Haney López, author of Dog Whistle Politics, talks to Bill about how the movement has used strategic racism to get voters to the polls.

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The fears that animate the tea party at the grassroots, Haney López says, are racial narratives that blame minorities for what’s going wrong in America.

When you look at what animates the tea party, there are several different hatreds that are core to the tea party. They hate welfare. Especially, or particularly welfare that’s understood as going to minorities. Not social security, fo...

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