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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 greater on account that 1968, while Richard Nixon turned our first “law and order” president. With the readability and originality that wonderful his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our nationwide dialog on policing and democracy in a booklet of wide-ranging ancient, social, and political analysis.

Hayes contends our nation has fractured in : the Colony and the state. within the state, we venerate the legislations. 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 appears like anything 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 all started within the 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 new york, to teach how worry motives 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 via the omnipresent chance of weapons. most crucial, he indicates extra democratic and sympathetic justice method 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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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. The man who said he owns the house appears apoplectic. The police just shot a gas canister into his yard! He hops around the frame in rage, pointing down again at the ground “This my shit! This my shit! ” Then: “You got all this recorded? ” “This is our home. ” He points back at the smoke still wafting in the background.

The street is empty, but the bystanders, standing in their yard sipping from plastic cups, begin chanting at them: “You go home! You go home! ” One of the bystanders narrates the unfolding scene into the phone. “They are marching toward us. ” At this point the viewer sees many more men in armor than had first appeared. Maybe three dozen in a walking wedge formation are making their way up the street. They are not in a hurry. Those congregated in the yard chant “Hands up! ” in unison. A few nights earlier in this neighborhood a police officer named Darren Wilson had shot and killed a young man named Michael Brown.

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. A majority of Americans have put a minority under lock and key. In her masterful 2010 chronicle of American mass incarceration, The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander argues convincingly that our current era represents not a shift from previous eras of white supremacy and black oppression but continuity with them. After the 1960s, she contends, when Jim Crow was dismantled as a legal entity, it was reconceived and reborn through mass incarceration.

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