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Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America (Hardcover)

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From the acclaimed author of Dog Whistle Politics, an essential road map to neutralizing the role of racism as a divide-and-conquer political weapon and to building a broad multiracial progressive future

"Ian Haney L pez has broken the code on the racial politics of the last fifty years."--Bill Moyers

Today more than ever, warnings to fear immigrants and people of color bombard us incessantly. Quite simply, the Right's fundamental strategy has been to divide and distract while rigging the rules to benefit the superrich. No more. It's time to reject this kind of purposeful division and to join together to demand that government work for all of us, whether we're white, Black, or brown.

Ian Haney L pez has spent the last two years collaborating with a team of union activists, racial justice leaders, communications specialists, and pollsters. Based on conversations and interviews with people all over the country, the team discovered that a large majority of the population (people of color included) fall into "the persuadable middle"--they hold both progressive and racist views and can be shifted in one direction or another based on different stories about America.

For decades, while the Right has exploited racial fear-mongering, the Left has splintered. Some have wanted to tackle racism head-on; others have insisted that a race-silent focus on class avoids alienating white voters. Merge Left distills the heartening results of cutting-edge new research: naming racism as a weapon of the rich and calling for cross-racial solidarity builds unity across the base and enlists the broad middle in supporting progressive dreams.

A work of deep research, nuanced argument, and urgent insight, Merge Left is an indispensable tool for the upcoming political season and in the larger fight to build racial justice and shared economic prosperity.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781620975640
ISBN-10: 1620975645
Publisher: New Press
Publication Date: October 2019
Pages: 240
Language: English