A Colony in a Nation

A Colony in a Nation Author Chris Hayes
ISBN-10 0393254224
ISBN-13 9780393254228
Year 2017-03-21
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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New York Times best selling author and Emmy Awardwinning news anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas a Colony and a Nation America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world yet nearly every empirical measurewealth unemployment incarceration school segregationreveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968 when Richard Nixon became our first law and order president With the clarity and originality that distinguished his prescient bestseller Twilight of the Elites 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 A Colony in a Nation explains how a country founded on justice now looks like something uncomfortably close to a police state 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 existsin a place we least suspect A Colony in a Nation is an essential booksearing and insightfulthat will reframe our thinking about law and order in the years to come

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