Ian Haney Lopez

Ian Haney López is a law professor and commentator on coded racism in American politics. His most recent book is Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America (New Press, Fall 2019).


Race-Class-Messaging-GuideA race-class messaging guide to protests, white racism, and “law and order”

This is a critical moment for our society. The murder of George Floyd struck the match. The gasoline is decades of government violence against communities of color, and more recently, the clear message from those at the top that the rest of us are on our own as we face a global pandemic, crushing unemployment, and low-wage jobs that require us to put our lives on the line. Protests are erupting nationwide, while the president seeks political advantage by calling for more violence.

Among progressives, the most prevalent frame right now involves speaking out against white racism. Yet this is a “yes, and” moment for progressives: Yes, racism is the problem, and people from every racial group must pull together to confront racism and to build a larger sense of “we.”

This messaging guide aims to help progressives understand–and speak powerfully to–our present and our future. Please share it widely.


new_york_times_20191015How to Beat Trump at His Own Game

New York Times
October 15, 2019


Ian Haney López and Alicia Garza: How the Left Can Win Again


Introducing Merge Left


Merge Left event at the Brewer Center, Berkeley, California


Oregon TEDx


Moyers and Company: Dog Whistle Politics of Race


the_progressive_20190802Ian Haney López: “Dividing Races is the Main Weapon of the Rich”

The Progressive
August 2, 2019

Labor activist and journalist Roger Bybee reflects on our recent conversation.


the_washington_post_20190729Donald Trump’s Racist Theater

Washington Post
July 29, 2019

The writer of the Washington Post’s Power Up column, Jacqueline Alemany, elaborates on my description of Donald Trump’s racist theater.


npr_20190716How Trump’s Racist Campaigning Serves ‘Rule by the Rich’

July 16, 2019

What’s behind Trump’s claim that the squad is spewing racist hate? Does Trump come across as a bigot when he says they should go back where they came from? What does his base think and what, if anything, does that tell us about how we should respond?