A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes

By Chris Hayes

New York Times best-selling writer and Emmy Award–winning information anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are rather Americas: a Colony and a Nation.

America loves to inform itself that it inhabits a postracial global, but approximately each empirical measure―wealth, unemployment, incarceration, university segregation―reveals that racial inequality has slightly enhanced on the grounds that 1968, while Richard Nixon grew to become our first “law and order” president. With the readability and originality that special his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our nationwide dialog on policing and democracy in a ebook of wide-ranging historic, social, and political analysis.

Hayes contends our kingdom has fractured in : the Colony and the kingdom. within the country, we venerate the legislations. within the Colony, we obsess over order, worry trumps civil rights, and competitive policing resembles career. A Colony in a Nation explains how a rustic based on justice now appears like whatever uncomfortably with regards to a police nation. How and why did americans construct a method the place stipulations in Ferguson and West Baltimore reflect those who sparked the yankee Revolution?

A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that begun within the Nineteen Sixties and peaked within the Nineteen Nineties, and the extraordinary decline that undefined. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial clash, in addition to deeply own reports with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken home windows” thought to the “squeegee males” of late-1980s ny, to teach how worry explanations us to make harmful and unlucky offerings, either in our society and on the own point. With nice empathy, he seeks to appreciate the demanding situations of policing groups haunted through the omnipresent risk of weapons. most vital, he indicates extra democratic and sympathetic justice process already exists―in a spot we least suspect.

A Colony in a Nation is a necessary book―searing and insightful―that will reframe our considering legislation and order within the years to come.

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One (the Nation) is the kind of policing regime you expect in a democracy; the other (the Colony) is the kind you expect in an occupied land. * Dictatorships and totalitarian regimes use the police in horrifying ways; we call them “police states” for a reason. But the terrifying truth is that we as a people have created the Colony through democratic means. We have voted to subdue our fellow citizens; we have rushed to the polls to elect people promising to bar others from enjoying the fruits of liberty.

In the following days, protests erupted, a gas station was burned, police came out in shockingly heavy force, and those who took to the streets united around the chant “Hands up! ” The young men in the yard are now hit by the high beams of a police vehicle. ” pointing to the ground beneath their feet for emphasis. The men in the yard raise their hands defiantly, as the loudspeaker instructs them “Please return inside,” with the same oddly laconic pacing of the armed men marching toward them. The residents stand defiantly with hands up, as someone off camera angrily calls the police’s bluff: “Go head, shoot that motherfucker.

Don’t you have a right to stand in your own front yard? Thirteen years before the Declaration of Independence, British member of Parliament William Pitt defended the rights of Englishmen to privacy in their own home. He declared: “The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. ” In modern parlance: This is our home. This is our residence. Like the vast majority of national reporters who descended on Ferguson in August 2014, I had no idea of the place’s existence until the night of August 9, when reports started circulating on Twitter that a young unarmed black man had been shot and killed there.

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