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pawlowscher Rassismusrelated discussion: dog-whistle racismrelated discussion: dog-whistle politics
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 analogy is to a dog whistle, whose ultrasonic whistling sound is heard by dogs but inaudible to humans.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog-whistle_politics
there's another dog whistle we've been hearing about lately: a coded message communicated through words or phrases commonly understood by a particular group of people, but not by others.
Given that the term dog whistle has been around for over 200 years, it seems odd that it only developed a figurative sense recently. After all, it’s the perfect word to use to describe something that some people can hear, but others cannot. Yet it is only within the past 20 years or so that it has seen this figurative sense take hold. And it is primarily used to describe political speech.
* If you want to cast him as just a nativist, his slogan "Make America Great Again" can be read as a dog-whistle to some whiter and more Anglo-Saxon past.
—Ross Douthat, The New York Times, 10 August 2015
* Saul introduces the concept of the “figleaf,” which differs from the more familiar dog whistle: while the dog whistle targets specific listeners with coded messages that bypass the broader population, the figleaf adds a moderating element of decency to cover the worst of what’s on display, but nevertheless changes the boundaries of acceptability.
—Ray Drainville, Hyperallergic, 12 July 2016
Dog whistle appears to have taken on this political sense in the mid-1990s; the Oxford English Dictionary currently has a citation from a Canadian newspaper, The Ottawa Citizen, in October of 1995, as their earliest recorded figurative use: “It's an all-purpose dog-whistle that those fed up with feminists, minorities, the undeserving poor hear loud and clear.”https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play...
Dog whistling is widely — and correctly — understood as expressing racially loaded ideas in coded terms. For instance, it uses “inner city” or “illegal alien” to stand in for communities of color, and “silent majority” to invoke white people. The birther nonsense — the repeated claim that the first African-American president might not be American-born after all — provides another good example. There’s nothing expressly racial about asking for a birth certificate, yet just beneath the surface roils the strong intimation of racial foreignness.
All too often, though — and here’s where the crucial error comes in — critics misconstrue dog whistling as a form of personal bigotry. Under this interpretation, terms like “welfare queen” and “thug” offer prejudiced individuals more acceptable ways for to say the n-word without actually saying it. ...
... 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. https://billmoyers.com/story/dog-whistle-poli...
(Decoded: Blacks and Hispanics live in dangerous, poor, crime-ridden cities.)
In the first presidential debate, one of Donald Trump's most memorable comments about communities of color was when he said "African-Americans, Hispanics are living in hell because it's so dangerous."
Hell, it appears, is also synonymous with the "inner city" that Trump invokes when speaking about black and brown Americans, an equivalency that paints a dismal economic and social environment filled with crime and danger. ...
Ryan Lauth, a communications professor at Northwestern University, said "inner city" invokes images of "white flight" when whites were escaping decaying urban areas in favor of what they considered safer suburbs. The term is used to invoke fear in rural and suburban voters who want to elect someone who will stop crime from spreading ...
(Decoded: "I get it -- racism is real.")
In debates and speeches, Clinton has taken to using terms like "systemic racism" and "implicit bias" that were once favored by academics and are now slowly making their way into the mainstream. https://money.cnn.com/2016/10/19/news/dog-whi...
Once more, an example of a thread where it would have been helpful to have a separate box for links and sources even in the Sprachlabor.
The term is still very current in the news, so it might actually be good to go ahead and suggest a New Entry for it, if German speakers could agree. A key idea is indeed 'subliminal,' so I liked the suggestions by Rodos and Bion in the previous thread of 'unterschwellig' or 'pawlowsch.'