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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 relatively 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, tuition segregation―reveals that racial inequality has slightly superior because 1968, whilst 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 e-book of wide-ranging old, social, and political analysis.

Hayes contends our nation has fractured in : the Colony and the state. within the kingdom, 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 whatever uncomfortably on the subject of a police nation. How and why did american citizens construct a procedure the place stipulations in Ferguson and West Baltimore replicate those who sparked the yankee Revolution?

A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that all started within the Nineteen Sixties and peaked within the Nineties, and the exceptional 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” conception to the “squeegee males” of late-1980s big apple, to teach how worry factors us to make harmful 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 chance of weapons. most vital, he indicates extra democratic and sympathetic justice approach already exists―in a spot we least suspect.

A Colony in a Nation is a necessary book―searing and insightful―that will reframe our pondering legislations and order within the years to come.

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Then and there the child Independence was born. Opposition to the crackdown wasn’t limited to the courts: petitions and pamphlets tumbled forth with ever-mounting indignation and fury. Mob violence was a central feature of the burgeoning revolutionary movement. Customs officials found themselves surrounded, jeered at, and harassed as they attempted to execute their official duties. Often mobs would simply steal back the confiscated contraband. Not surprisingly, the British did not take kindly to this behavior.

Whiteness is nonexistent, yet it confers enormous benefits. Blackness is a conjured fiction, yet it is so real it can kill. In their brilliant 2012 collection of essays, Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life, Karen and Barbara Fields trace the semantic trick of racial vocabulary, which invents categories for the purpose of oppression while appearing to describe things that already exist out in the world. Over time these categories shift, both as reflections of those in power and as expressions of solidarity and resistance in the face of white supremacy.

And yet in a grand irony the document itself, and the nation it binds together, was born of almost the exact same set of grievances as those of the protesters getting teargassed in the streets of Ferguson. ” The tyrannical King George III insisted on taxing the colonies against their will, employing ever more draconian measures to do so, until the colonists could take it no longer. The idea that unjust taxation triggered the American uprising stays with us (or at least it stayed with me). But dig a little deeper into the history, and it turns out the spark of the revolution was not so much taxation as the enforcement of a particular tax regime—in other words, policing.

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