Jennifer Saul: Dogwhistles and Figleaves: Techniques of Racist Linguistic Manipulation

Date: 20 February 2018
Time: 10:00-12:00

Professor Jennifer Saul, Director of Research, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield.


Until recently, it was widely believed that explicit expressions of racism would doom a political candidacy in the United States. Yet nonetheless racism was a frequently used tool that won many elections. This talk examines one of the methods, the dogwhistle, that allowed such racist electoral victories. It then turns to the present day, in which explicit racism is proving remarkably successful. Here I explore a different linguistic technique, the fig leaf, which I take to have enabled this success.

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