Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America
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About the Author
Ian Haney López is a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. Haney López is the author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, plus two other books and two anthologies. He co-founded the Race-Class Narrative Project, and also co-chaired the AFL-CIO's Advisory Council on Racial and Economic Justice. He holds an endowed chair as the Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at UC Berkeley and lives in Richmond, California.
Praise for Merge Left
"López offers a truly important recipe for countering virulently racist forms of economic populism."
--Times Literary Supplement
"In Merge Left, López offers a nuanced and sophisticated look at how racism works in American politics."
"As thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is informed and informative, Merge Left is a timely and invaluable contribution to our current on-going national discussion with respect to salvaging, repairing, and restoring our American democracy."
--Midwest Book Review's Wisconsin Bookwatch
"With great clarity and thoughtfulness, Ian F. Haney López shows why the path to a truly just society lies in a multi-racial coalition of poor, working and middle-class Americans. . . . Powerful, urgent, and timely."
--Robert B. Reich, former labor secretary and Chancellor's Professor, University of California at Berkeley
"Understanding how to counteract the conservative playbook on race . . . is the great challenge of political strategy today. It has also been the determined, prescient and indispensably productive pursuit of Ian Haney López for decades."
--Rashad Robinson, president, Color Of Change
"Cross-racial solidarity is the Holy Grail of progressive politics. Merge Left makes the best case yet for how to finally achieve it as the route to racial and economic justice."
--Heather McGhee, distinguished senior fellow, Demos and Demos Action
"Read Merge Left. The unity that makes the labor movement unbeatable requires genuine cross-racial solidarity."
--Richard Trumka, president, AFL-CIO
"Merge Left explains the tools we need to highlight how racism is used to drive working families apart. Now, we have a frame to take race head-on in politics and in our journey to build power for working people."
--Mary Kay Henry, international president, SEIU
"Merge Left should be read by every person who strives for a sane and humane immigration policy--and a flourishing democracy for all of us."
--María Teresa Kumar, president, Voto Latino
"In Dog Whistle Politics, Haney López explained how coded racism in politics tears us apart. He shows us how we can come together again in his new book, Merge Left. "
--Van Jones, host of The Van Jones Show and Redemption Project on CNN
"Frankly, this approach connecting race to class and calling for unity is the most important work I've been involved with in twenty years of polling."
--Celinda Lake, Democratic pollster and strategist
"Cross-racial solidarity holds the power to truly transform the nation. Ian Haney López's Dog Whistle Politics called out how coded language used by right-wing politicians kept the White electorate focused on race and distracted from the economic issues plaguing Whites and people of color. His new book, Merge Left, uses research and focus group results to make it clear that transformative solidarity is real and we can make it happen. To all believers, the hopeful and others, please read it now."
--Angela Glover-Blackwell, founder, PolicyLink
"I've been working to change the political system for years. I have believed that what is needed is a movement strong enough to unite both people of color and white working-class people. I have scratched my head about how best to frame this. Then Merge Left arrived. Finally, we have the how-to manual for dismantling a system of division that hurts everyone. Merge Left is the book for anyone interested in cross-racial solidarity on behalf of racial and economic justice for all!"
"Racism is a weapon against the working class and cross-racial solidarity is the linchpin to creating an energized and empowered movement for restaurant workers and beyond. Merge Left explores a powerful strategy and path forward where working people and families can win--not just in the next election, but into the future."
--Saru Jayaraman, president, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
"Merge Left makes clear that major progress on racial justice will follow from defeating dog whistle politics once and for all. For all of us seeking to end state violence against communities of color, this book is powerful, timely, trenchant, and practical."
--Kimberlé Crenshaw, executive director, African American Policy Forum, and faculty director, Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, Columbia University
"Merge Left is the essential handbook for everyone who is standing up to xenophobia and fighting for humane immigration policies. And it is so much more than that. Merge Left is for every activist and progressive committed to building a broad, diverse and dynamic movement that actually delivers on the promise of both racial and economic justice."
--Frank Sharry, executive director, America's Voice
"Solidarity is the crucial ingredient in the fight against the ever-more-dangerous plutocracy. Ian Haney López helps explain where that solidarity might come from, even in our strained and divided society. Epically helpful!"
--Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
"Merge Left addresses the longer arc of history in our struggle for building a just society. Professor Haney López's keen insights are desperately needed as we find our way forward at this perilous time for our democracy."
--Eva Paterson, founder and president of the Equal Justice Society