What is a dog whistle?
Dog-whistle politics is political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different, or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup. The phrase is often used as a pejorative due to a perception of deceptive intent in the speaker thought to be making use of such messaging.
The strategy first began in the Richard Nixon 1968 presidential campaign. Conceived by Republican strategist, Lee Atwater, they devised a number of terms to refer to African-Americans that would appeal to the Southern Segregationists.
The strategy was continued by Ronald Reagan’s campaign, and has expanded to today.
In order to educate our readers, we provide a comprehensive list of these disguised terms.
Being Against Law & Order
New York sense of humor
San Francisco Values
Arabs and Muslims
Did we miss any? Share them in the comments.