George H.W. Bush’s “Willie Horton” ad will always be the reference point for dog-whistle racism
- December 1, 2018
- Claire Jean Kim, poli sci, via Vox, Dec. 1, 2018
The ad was intended to drive scared white people to the polls to vote for tough-on-crime Bush, seeking protection from black criminals like Horton and black-friendly candidates like Dukakis. As [UCI] political-science professor Claire Jean Kim said in a 2012 PBS special, “the insinuation is, if you elect Gov. Dukakis as president, we’re going to have black rapists running amok in the country.”
For the full story, please visit https://www.vox.com/2018/12/1/18121221/george-hw-bush-willie-horton-dog-whistle-politics.
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