Ian Haney Lopez

Breitbart editor’s college grant for white men draws fire

Ian Haney López quoted by CNBC, Feb. 1, 2017

UC Berkeley law professor Ian Haney Lopez said Wednesday that affirmative action programs were undertaken “to welcome historically excluded and dehumanized groups into every school, neighborhood and workplace. Affirmative action for white men is not social repair. Affirmative action for white men is a stunt to mock the moral and social importance of integration and to increase social strife,” he told CNBC.

Milo’s college tour and the First Amendment: An explainer

Ian Haney López, Jesse Choper, Daniel Farber, and Robert Cole quoted by California Magazine, Jan. 26, 2017

López: “When universities invite someone to speak, they communicate that that person’s ideas are within the broad range of important public [discourse],” Haney-Lopez states. “Disinviting someone from speaking likewise communicates something—in this case, that the universities have come to realize that this speaker intentionally degrades people to draw attention, while offering little of any real intellectual substance. His poisonous invective is being drowned out by more and louder speech affirming humane values and inclusion. That’s precisely the ideal of free speech in action.”

Choper: “On the one hand, you have to have a content-neutral basis for [any] regulation [that might impinge on free speech],” says Jesse Choper, a professor emeritus at Berkeley Law, “and on the other, your assessment must be based on the perceived danger of such speech. So in a way, you’re forbidden to make a judgment, and you’re also required to make a judgment.”

Farber: “The Supreme Court has emphasized that the First Amendment is intended to protect ‘uninhibited, robust, and wide-open,’ public debate,” Farber stated in an email, “so in terms of general principles, it seems to me that universities should be very hesitant to exclude a speaker or viewpoint simply because it is offensive or disruptive.”

Cole: In the case of Cal, says Cole, “Berkeley College Republicans is a university-sanctioned organization, and if, as it seems, it issued an invitation and arranged an engagement in accordance with university rules, then the university must allow the event. The university’s role is to remain a neutral marketplace. It can’t cancel a speaking event simply because a speaker is considered controversial, or officials are worried that it could result in bad publicity, or things could get raucous.”

A progressive’s answer to Trumpism

Ian Haney López quoted by The Washington Post, Oct. 25, 2016

As University of California at Berkeley law professor Ian Haney-López recently wrote in the Nation … “We must have a unified message for whites as well as people of color: Fearful of one another, we too easily hand over power to moneyed interests, but working together, we can rebuild the American Dream.”

Campaign 2016 vocabulary lesson: ‘Strategic racism’

Ian Haney López writes for Moyers & Company, Sept. 27, 2016

Equating dog whistling with personal bigotry minimizes the phenomenon. It’s not an expression of prejudice so much as a coldly calculated decision to seek advantage by manipulating the prejudice in others. Dog whistling is a strategy: it intentionally uses veiled terms to stimulate racial animosity, whipping up popular fears and stoking dangerous and misdirected resentments.

The state of U.S. democracy

Ian Haney López interviewed by KALW-FM, Your Call, July 28, 2016

“It’s fundamentally a race-class story. Progressives need to respond to both elements. We lose when we only talk about class, because if we only talk about class, we don’t capture the way in which economic anxieties have been racialized in this country.”

The alt-right’s fear of a black planet

Ian Haney López quoted in VICE, July 12, 2016

“In the face of social change that has declared people of color are equally human with whites, that women are equally human with men and deserve the same rights of self-determination, that multiple religions and even non-religions ought to be respected,” he told VICE, there are segments of the population who are driven to reclaim their prior superior position in unjust hierarchies.”