A Colony in A Nation

A Colony in A Nation

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America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world, yet nearly every empirical measure -- wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation -- reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968, when Richard Nixon became our first "law and order" president. MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes upends our national conversation on policing and democracy in a book of wide-ranging historical, social, and political analysis. Hayes contends our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, we venerate the law. In the Colony, we obsess over order, fear trumps civil rights, and aggressive policing resembles occupation. How and why did Americans build a system where conditions in Ferguson and West Baltimore mirror those that sparked the American Revolution? A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s, and the unprecedented decline that followed. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial conflict, as well as deeply personal experiences with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential "broken windows" theory to the "squeegee men" of late-1980s Manhattan, to show how fear causes us to make dangerous and unfortunate choices, both in our society and at the personal level. With great empathy, he seeks to understand the challenges of policing communities haunted by the omnipresent threat of guns. Most important, he shows that a more democratic and sympathetic justice system already exists -- in a place we least suspect.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393254228
0393254224
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 25 cm

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ethanobrien
Oct 11, 2017

Seemed like he was referencing others' books within his book (for example, Michelle Williams' "The New Jim Crow"). I've read all those, so was hoping for a fresh perspective. Instead, I got a book that appears to be cobbled together from the words of other people. This tactic is reminiscent of most white cis men. I wish he would have done better and used original work.

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susan42
May 07, 2017

Chris Hayes' idea that we are levelling down our criminal justice system instead of using it to promote lawful behavior is on the mark. A previous reader criticizes him for not including the economic bias against the "colony" is a reasonable one. Other books have done this well and I think the points Hayes makes are ones that need to be considered as well.

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StarGladiator
Mar 18, 2017

Chris Hayes, doing what he does best, injecting Identity Politics to misdirect or redirect attention away from the socioeconomic issues - - always blaming everything on racism or sexism or this ism or that ism, and never examining the core problems, as if racism were to disappear tomorrow, life would be hunky dory, and nothing has to do with the economic warfare of the super-rich on the rest of us.
Please keep in mind that Hayes was awarded his position on TV as a result of his so-called // debunking \\ of that Trans-National Highway [whose plans back then be found on the CFR website, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce website, and various other biz sites] which was hopefully circumvented by a grassroots activist movement in the Texas region. [i.e., building a hugh superhighway through the central area of America and Canada, connected to a western deepwater port off the coast of Mexico, thereby avoiding longshore unions and teamsters unions]

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