Demos, a public policy organization that believes that “racial and economic harms are intertwined,” has been testing ways candidates should talk about race and class to effectively counter racist “dog whistles,” says Adam Lioz of Demos.
One of Demos’ projects is the Race-Class Narrative project. The goal of the project is to develop stories and talking points to counter racially and economically divisive tactics that use racism as a strategy to divide working people and poor people from one another. “This narrative must help people envision a multiracial country in which everyone has economic opportunity,” Lioz said.
Some people think that talking about race means that you may gain Black votes and lose an equal number of White votes, he continued. However, race is infused in almost every election “through White identity politics,” he affirmed at an Investment and Engagement in Communities of Color: The Story of the 2018 Midterm Elections press conference in Washington, DC.
Condemning dog whistles, Clarissa Martinez De Castro of UnidosUS added, “They leave us empty with solutions.” Other participants included representatives from Latino Decisions, the NAACP, and Faith in Action.
When it comes to immigration “the issue has become neutralized,” among Whites said Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions. However, among the children of the formerly enslaved, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans, statistics show immigrants are welcomed, he continued.