The Wrongs of the Right

The Wrongs of the Right

Language, Race, and the Republican Party in the Age of Obama

by Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks

Published by: NYU Press

232 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780814760543
  • Published: May 2014


  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781479826797
  • Published: May 2016


In The Wrongs of the Right, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks set postracial claims into relief against a background of pre- and post-election racial animus directed at President Obama, his administration, and African Americans. They show how the political Right deploys racial fears, coded language and implicit bias to express and build opposition to the Obama administration. Racial meanings are reservoirs rich in political currency, and the race card remains a potent resource for othering the first black president in a context rife with Nativism, xenophobia, white racial fatigue, and serious racial inequality.