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Ian Haney Lopez, the book's author, writes that many white Americans no longer see themselves as racist. He maintains, however, these people are manipulated by dog whistle politics -- coded racial language that "operates on two levels: inaudible and easily denied in one range, yet stimulating strong reactions in another."

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The great American middle class has become an anxious class -- and it’s in revolt. Most are good, hard-working people, but their world has been slowly coming apart. And they're scared and fed up.

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