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Noah Feldman

The Myth of America’s Anglo-Saxon Political Traditions

Republicans’ latest racist dog whistle has a longer history than Marjorie Taylor Greene likely even knows.



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A group of House conservatives have been discussing an “America First Caucus” that would aim to protect and advance what they call “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”

On the surface, the words “Anglo-Saxon” seem like a euphemism for “White.” Read this way, the words aren’t a racist dog whistle that can be heard only by some. They’re just a plain old whistle, obviously racist to anyone who has ears.