"…when I say that people like George Wallace or Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan or Mitt Romney, that they’ve engaged in dog whistle racism, often the retort is, these are decent folks. They’re not bigots. And I want to say, I’ll grant that. I’m happy to grant that. So what? This isn’t about bigotry. This isn’t about hate-every-black-person animus. Indeed, dog whistle politics doesn’t come out of animus at all. It doesn’t come out of some desire to hurt minorities. It comes out of a desire to win votes. And in that sense, I want to start using the term strategic racism. It’s racism as a strategy. It’s cold, it’s calculating, it’s considered, it’s the decision to achieve one’s own ends, here winning votes, by stirring racial animosity. And that’s the decision that George Wallace made, that’s the decision that Ronald Reagan made, that’s the decision that Mitt Romney made."