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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 more advantageous for the reason that 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 booklet of wide-ranging old, social, and political analysis.

Hayes contends our kingdom has fractured in : the Colony and the country. within the state, we venerate the legislation. within the Colony, we obsess over order, worry trumps civil rights, and competitive policing resembles career. A Colony in a Nation explains how a rustic based on justice now seems like whatever uncomfortably with regards to a police kingdom. How and why did american citizens construct a approach the place stipulations in Ferguson and West Baltimore replicate those who sparked the yank Revolution?

A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that begun within the Sixties and peaked within the Nineties, and the remarkable decline that undefined. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial clash, in addition to deeply own reviews with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken home windows” thought to the “squeegee males” of late-1980s new york, 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 risk of weapons. most crucial, he exhibits extra democratic and sympathetic justice process 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 legislations and order within the years to come.

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And despite the fact that Ferguson’s residents were mostly black, the town’s entire power structure was white, from the mayor, to the city manager, to all but one school board member as well as all but one city council member, and to the police chief and the police force itself, which had three black cops out of fifty-three. Then just eight months later I was on the streets of Baltimore after yet another young black man died at the hands of police, and the stories and complaints I heard from the residents there sounded uncannily like those I’d heard in Ferguson.

In a landmark legal ruling, a federal district judge found that “stop and frisk” amounted to wholesale, systematic violation of the Fourth Amendment protections against unwarranted search and seizure. “While it is true that any one stop is a limited intrusion in duration and deprivation of liberty, each stop is also a demeaning and humiliating experience,” Judge Shira Scheindlin wrote in her opinion. ” The British legal tradition has no Fourth Amendment, but common law had developed some privacy protections.

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. It’s what lies behind the question you so often hear: Why didn’t she just do what the cop said? That inquiry comes unbidden every single time some incident of police violence is captured on video.

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