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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 quite Americas: a Colony and a Nation.

America loves to inform itself that it inhabits a postracial international, but approximately each empirical measure―wealth, unemployment, incarceration, college segregation―reveals that racial inequality has slightly more advantageous due to the fact that 1968, while Richard Nixon turned our first “law and order” president. With the readability and originality that distinctive his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our nationwide dialog on policing and democracy in a publication of wide-ranging old, social, and political analysis.

Hayes contends our nation has fractured in : the Colony and the country. within the kingdom, 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 seems like whatever uncomfortably just about a police nation. How and why did american citizens construct a method the place stipulations in Ferguson and West Baltimore reflect those who sparked the yank Revolution?

A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that started within the Sixties and peaked within the 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” idea to the “squeegee males” of late-1980s ny, to teach how worry reasons 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 way of the omnipresent risk of weapons. most crucial, he exhibits extra democratic and sympathetic justice approach already exists―in a spot we least suspect.

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

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They are the ominous knock on the door, the sudden flashlight in the face, the barked orders. Depending on who you are, the sight of an officer can produce either a warm sense of safety and contentment or a plummeting feeling of terror. I’ve really felt the latter only once, at the 2000 Republican National Convention. I was twenty-one years old. My then-girlfriend-now-wife’s father, Andy Shaw, a journalist, was covering the convention, and she and I decided to head to Philadelphia, both to see him and to take in the sights and sounds of thousands of Republicans assembling to nominate George W.

He points back at the smoke still wafting in the background. ” WHEN A COP TELLS you to do something, do it. You hear this folk wisdom a lot, and it basically comes in two varieties. The first version is the central lesson of the Talk that so many African American parents give their children about how to survive a police encounter. Practical advice: Keep your hands on the wheel. Don’t make sudden movements. Say “Yes, officer. ” Et cetera. The other version of this folk wisdom isn’t merely practical advice but reflects a deeper belief about the sanctity of police authority.

Luckily for me, that harrowing encounter is the closest I’ve come to the criminal justice system. But over the past several years, I’ve spent a lot of time on the ground reporting both on criminal justice and on the growing social movement to change how it operates. And in hundreds of conversations with people in Baltimore, Charleston, Chicago, New York, Ferguson, Dallas, and elsewhere, I’ve had occasion to think about the enormous distance between their experience of the law and my own. On a warm October day on the Westside of Baltimore, I stood interviewing Dayvon Love in the parking lot of a public school where he once coached debate.

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