A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes

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New York Times best-selling writer and Emmy Award–winning information anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are relatively 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 enhanced for the reason that 1968, while Richard Nixon grew to become our first “law and order” president. With the readability and originality that uncommon 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 state. within the country, 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 appears like anything uncomfortably on the subject of 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 started within the Nineteen 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 stories with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken home windows” conception to the “squeegee males” of late-1980s big apple, to teach how worry factors 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 probability of weapons. most vital, he exhibits extra democratic and sympathetic justice method already exists―in a spot we least suspect.

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

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We all deserve order. All lives matter. But even if the rhetoric of order is the most enduring legacy of Nixon’s 1968 convention speech, that’s not, to my mind, the speech’s most important theme. Nixon understood that black demands for equality had to be acknowledged and given their rhetorical due. ” “And let us build bridges, my friends,” he offered, “build bridges to human dignity across that gulf that separates black America from white America. Black Americans, no more than white Americans, they do not want more government programs which perpetuate dependency.

Let those who in the time of war fought gallantly in defense of their countrymen, in peace be taught to prey upon it. Let them . . scour with armed boats every bay, harbor, river, creek, cove, or nook throughout your colonies; stop and detain every coaster, every wood-boat, every fisherman. . Thus shall the trade of your colonists suffer more from their friends in time of peace, than it did from their enemies in war. . O, this will work admirably! Animus built toward the most famous incident of the pre-Revolutionary period, the Boston Tea Party.

As anticolonial movements erupted in the 1960s, colonized people across the globe recognized a unity of purpose between their own struggles for self-determination and the struggle of black Americans. Black activists, in turn, recognized their own plight in the images of colonial subjects fighting an oppressive white government. America’s own colonial history was quite different from that of, say, Rhodesia, but on the ground the structures of oppression looked remarkably similar. In fact, when Nixon invoked “a colony in a nation” black activists and academics were in the midst of extended debate about the concept of internal colonialism and whether the state of black people in America was akin to a colonized people.

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