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, institution segregation―reveals that racial inequality has slightly better due to the fact 1968, while Richard Nixon grew to become our first “law and order” president. With the readability and originality that distinct his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our nationwide dialog on policing and democracy in a e-book of wide-ranging historic, social, and political analysis.

Hayes contends our nation has fractured in : the Colony and the state. within the kingdom, we venerate the legislation. within the Colony, we obsess over order, worry trumps civil rights, and competitive policing resembles profession. A Colony in a Nation explains how a rustic based on justice now feels like anything uncomfortably with regards to a police nation. How and why did american citizens construct a method the place stipulations in Ferguson and West Baltimore replicate those who sparked the yank Revolution?

A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that all started within the Sixties and peaked within the Nineties, and the remarkable decline that undefined. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial clash, in addition to deeply own studies 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 risky 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 by means of the omnipresent hazard of weapons. most vital, he indicates extra democratic and sympathetic justice approach already exists―in a spot we least suspect.

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

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And None of this would have happened if she’d just listened. Section 29-16(1) of the municipal code of the city of Ferguson, Missouri, codifies this principle. ” As the Department of Justice would later show, the police much abuse this statute. ” It’s a neat little circular bit of authoritarian reasoning. In the video, the police order the onlookers to go back inside their homes. When the men in the yard refuse to comply, the police shoot tear gas at them. But can the police do that? Don’t you have a right to stand in your own front yard?

I envisioned running; it seemed tantalizingly possible. Liberating. I could get away before they had any idea who I was or whose bag it was. Did I have anything identifying in there? I must’ve. But then, my girlfriend and her father were standing right there, so flight probably wouldn’t work. With tremendous effort, I overrode the impulse. “I think the cops just found weed in my bag,” I whispered to Kate. ” The cops continued to confer ominously. Andy was confused. “What? ), the police officer who’d found the drugs put my bag on a table and looked at me, as if to say Go ahead and take it.

The residents stand defiantly with hands up, as someone off camera angrily calls the police’s bluff: “Go head, shoot that motherfucker. ” Another says, “C’mon. You want it. Come get it. You want it. ” and points again down at the ground as the camera pans to reveal the police have now come within about twenty feet. And then: a brief flare, and the screen goes dark. Bedlam. Screams. The person holding the camera appears to hit the ground. The camera returns upright and shows clouds of gas where the cops had been, with the lights glowing eerily behind them.

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