DOG WHISTLE OVERVIEW
DUO THE OWL: Translate the following from Racist Dog Whistle to English:
Voter ID laws are important to avoid voter fraud.
Your Answer: Voter ID laws are important to ensure poor people and minorities don’t vote.
Make America Great Again
Your Answer: Let’s go back to the days when we could be blatantly racist, sexist, and homophobic.
DUO: Amazing! Onto the next level. Translate the following from English to Racist Dog Whistle:
We don’t want minorities in our neighborhood.
Your Answer: We want to preserve single-family zoning.
DUO: Wow! You’re getting good at this!
I would like to go back to the days before the Civil Rights Movement and desegregation.
Your Answer: I support states’ rights.
I need a respectable way to justify my misogyny and homophobia.
Your Answer: I support family values.
DUO: Excellent! Let’s try something harder now. Translate the following from Racist Dog Whistle to English:
Real Americans don’t want their neighborhoods turning into San Francisco.
Your Answer: LGBTQs don’t belong in this country.
DUO: Great work!
The US should get more immigrants from Norway.
Your Answer: If we are going to accept immigrants, let’s make sure they’re white.
DUO: Impressive! Next, you have two seconds to provide as many dog-whistle definitions of “Democrat” as you can. Go!
Coming for your guns
DUO: Wow. That is certainly an exhaustive list. You are doing really well! It’s time to increase the difficulty. Translate the following from Racist Dog Whistle to English:
I don’t know anything about David Duke or the KKK.
Your Answer: I have plausible deniability of my racism.
DUO: You’ve answered every question correctly so far! Nice job!
Tax cuts for the rich will pay for themselves through high economic growth.
Your Answer: Tax cuts for the rich will cause an enormous budget deficit, but that will only be cause for concern while a democrat is president. The deficit will then be used as an excuse to cut social programs.
DUO: Correct, but oddly specific.
I support religious freedom.
Your Answer: I quote scripture out of context to justify discriminating against people that I think are icky.
DUO: Are you sure you aren’t already fluent? You have unlocked our next level.
HOW WOULD A RIGHT-WING POLITICIAN
HANDLE THESE QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS?
What should the Republican party do to attract black voters?
Your Answer: The American people don’t care about these “gotcha” questions. They care about jobs and the economy.
DUO: You sidestepped the question beautifully. Excellent!
Are you concerned that President Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud contributed to the heated political climate that led to the January 6 attack on the Capitol?
Your Answer: The American people don’t care about partisan politics. They care about jobs and the economy.
DUO: Perfect! The “jobs and economy” line can be used any time you want to redirect the narrative. You have mastered Level 2 in record time! Amazing work! At this point, you may be exhausted by the mental gymnastics required to think this way. However, to graduate with Duo Honors, consider taking a deep dive into topics we’ve only scratched the surface of:
- Why Gerrymandering, Voter Suppression, and the Electoral College are Important for Free and Fair Elections
- Why Discussions About Racism Are Racist
- The War on Christmas – It’s Worse Than You Think!