By Chris Hayes
New York Times best-selling writer and Emmy Award–winning information anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are rather 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, university segregation―reveals that racial inequality has slightly greater given that 1968, while 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 old, social, and political analysis.
Hayes contends our state 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 career. A Colony in a Nation explains how a rustic based on justice now seems like anything uncomfortably with regards to a police country. 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 begun within the Sixties and peaked within the Nineteen Nineties, and the extraordinary 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” concept to the “squeegee males” of late-1980s long island, to teach how worry motives 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 risk of weapons. most vital, he exhibits 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 wondering legislation and order within the years to come.
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If we do not have order, we can have no other rights. It would dominate the politics of both parties over the next three decades, as crime continued to climb. Fear for one’s own body against a violent predator, for the sanctity and safety of one’s hearth against incursions by the depraved—these kinds of political issues operate far below the frontal cortex, deep beneath the dry talk of policy or tax rates. They are primal and primary. And in America, when the state cultivates such fear among relatively empowered white voters, it is enriching uranium for a political nuclear weapon.
I listened for a few minutes, and then some part of me thought, I know how this ends. So I dialed 911 and told the dispatcher what I was hearing. A few minutes later, from the dark of my apartment, I peeked out the window and saw the swirling blue light of a police cruiser. The car pulled over, and two cops approached the couple. I stopped watching and went to bed. Mission accomplished. But whatever happened to that couple? To that woman? I have no idea. I thought at that moment, and would still like to think, that I called the cops because I was trying to protect her from a conflict that was likely to end in violence.
Because our racial categories are always shifting, morphing, disappearing, and reappearing, so too are the borders between the Colony and the Nation. In many places, the two territories alternate block by block, in a patchwork of unmarked boundaries and detours that are known only by those who live within them. It’s like the fictional cities of Besz´el and Ul Qoma in China Miéville’s gorgeous speculative fantasy detective novel The City & the City. Though the cities occupy the same patch of land, each city’s residents discipline themselves to unsee the landscape of their neighbor’s city.
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes