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, institution segregation―reveals that racial inequality has slightly better when you consider that 1968, whilst Richard Nixon turned our first “law and order” president. With the readability and originality that amazing his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our nationwide dialog on policing and democracy in a publication of wide-ranging ancient, social, and political analysis.
Hayes contends our nation has fractured in : the Colony and the state. within the country, 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 whatever uncomfortably with regards to a police kingdom. How and why did americans construct a procedure 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 Nineteen Nineties, and the remarkable decline that undefined. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial clash, in addition to deeply own studies with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken home windows” concept to the “squeegee males” of late-1980s new york, to teach how worry explanations 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 danger of weapons. most crucial, 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 pondering legislation and order within the years to come.
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Black men aged 20 to 34 without a high school degree have an institutionalization rate of about 37 percent. For white men without a high school degree, it’s 12 percent, or nearly three times lower. 6 percent black and is the small slice of West Baltimore where Freddie Gray lived and died, there were, in February 2015, 458 people in prison. 5 percent white, there was a grand total of three. Just as punishment is unequally distributed, so too is violence. Within the same city, the threat of violent death from homicide is radically unequal across different neighborhoods.
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.
His 2008 debating team, composed entirely of black students from one of Baltimore’s most impoverished neighborhoods, won the national championship. Run-ins with police were simply part of life in his neighborhood, Love told me, and no amount of bookishness or respectability was a shield. One night his life almost changed. “I was seventeen years old, it was the day of a debate tournament. ” He had met the New York friend through Model UN just a few weeks earlier. On his way to the bus station in the wee hours of the morning, Love and his father were pulled over by police.
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes