merge-left-coverMerge Left

Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America

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 López 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.”

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books_cover_1Dog Whistle Politics

How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class

Dog Whistle Politics offers a sweeping account of how over the last half century politicians have exploited racial pandering to build resentment toward government that in turn leads many voters to support policies that favor the very wealthiest while hurting everyone else…

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books_cover_2White by Law

The Legal Construction of Race (10th Anniversary Edition)

White by Law traces court cases interpreting the requirement that persons be “white” in order to naturalize, on the books until 1952. The courts sought uncertain refuge in criteria that included skin color, facial features, national origin, language, culture, ancestry, and scientific opinion, only to ultimately rely on what the courts themselves labeled “common knowledge.”




Racism on TrialRacism on Trial

The Chicano Fight for Justice

Racism on Trial tells the astounding story of how young Mexican Americans in Los Angeles entered the civil rights movement to protest inferior schools, and ended up rejecting the claim to white identity embraced by their parents in favor of a “brown and proud” racial identity as Chicanos.

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