Ian Haney Lopez

Ian Haney Lopez is a senior fellow at Demos, and the John H. Boalt professor of law, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Dog Whistle Politics,  White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race, and Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice. Follow him on Twitter

Recent Articles

Mass Deportations Driven By Politics of Midterm Elections

Dog-whistling on the right is responsible for much of this heartbreak. But fault also lies with the Obama administration.

(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This article originally appeared at BillMoyers.com , the website of the Moyers & Company television program. Deportations reached another record high last year. This is a striking development in light of the fact that illegal immigration and Border Patrol apprehensions have been falling for over a decade, and when — despite intransigence among some House Republicans — for several years there has been broad support for a fundamental restructuring of deportation policies, . In June, President Obama promised to move forward, alone if necessary, by the end of the summer. Rather than doing so, however, he recently announced more delay . Mass deportation seems to be the Democratic response to right-wing dog whistling around Latino immigrants . Forbes Since 2005 deportations have been rising precipitously (see chart), with removals under Obama consistently exceeding those under George W. Bush. The total number of deportations under the Obama administration now exceeds 2...

Blind Spot

How reactionary colorblindness has infected our courts -- and our politics

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who claims a major school district in Tucson is violating a new state law by continuing an ethnic studies program (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne knows racism when he sees it, and he isn't afraid to publicly castigate the most recent agents of race hate. Horne is an outspoken opponent of racism in a state roiling with tensions about "illegal aliens" and "anchor babies." The bigotry Horne especially rebukes? Courses like "Latino literature." If Horne has his way, the Tucson public school system -- serving a student body that's over half Mexican American and, like other districts, already suffering hard economic times -- will lose $15 million in state funding this year unless it terminates its Mexican American Studies program. According to Horne, classes in the program spread "one-sided propaganda" and "brainwash" impressionable young minds by teaching un-American calumnies -- that there's prejudice against Mexican Americans in Arizona, for instance. Horne's effort to whip up public hysteria about the place of Hispanics in our society owes its success to the right-wing co-optation of...