A Colony in a Nation by Christopher L. Hayes

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Read A Colony in a Nation Online Free - America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a post-racial world, but nearly every empirical measure—wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation—reveals that racial inequality hasn’t improved since 1968. With the clarity and originality that distinguished his prescient bestseller Twilight of the Elites (“a stunning polemic,” said Ta-Nehisi Coates), award-winning journalist Chris Hayes offers a powerful new framework in which to understand our current crisis.

Hayes contends our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, we venerate the law. In the Colony, we obsess over order; fear trumps civil rights; and aggressive policing resembles occupation. How and why did Americans build a system where conditions in Ferguson and West Baltimore mirror those that sparked the American Revolution?

Blending wide-ranging historical research with political, social, and economic analysis, A Colony in a Nation explains how a Nation founded on justice constructed the Colony—and how it threatens our democracy.



Title : A Colony in a Nation
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ISBN : 0393254224
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Reviews


Bill rated it ★★★★★

August 11, 2017

If you are concerned about criminal justice and policing in America, if you have been enlightened by Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, or moved by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, then Christopher Hayes’ A Colony in a Nation is a book that may both strengthen your knowledge and wi...


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

May 23, 2017

A cry for social justice and a sobering look at our unfair and unequal criminal justice system. Chris Hayes more than adequently pinpoints exactly where and how our justice system has been anything but just for many. The statistics presented and the individual cases were cause for alarm, the rate...


Esil rated it ★★★★☆

March 23, 2017

A Colony in a Nation made for excellent reading. As the blurb describes, Chris Hayes contends that the US “is fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, we venerate the law. In the Colony, we obsess over order; fear trumps civil rights; and aggressive policing resembles occupatio...


Karen rated it ★★★★★

February 04, 2017

A COLONY IN A NATION BY CHRISTOPHER L HAYES I am so glad I read this book. It is relevant and an important to the current events happening today in our Democracy. I feel like the author raises important issues. I think it makes and illuminates how there is still racial inequalities in certain stat...


Conor rated it ★★★☆☆

June 22, 2017

This is a short book, and it sports some plaudits on its back cover from some serious heavyweights. So I guess I was expecting to be wowed a bit. I'm not sure it got me there, but there were some interesting points, however briefly they were explored. The book uses the heuristic of The Colony (in...


Trish rated it ★★★★☆

July 24, 2017

Hayes focuses directly on a subject about which I am likewise vitally interested: the ‘colony within a nation’ (the way blacks are treated in our majority white nation) that Nixon spoke of in his 1968 convention speech, and the eerie call for law and order that is also a clarion call of the prese...


Hadrian rated it ★★★★☆

May 20, 2017

Deft and thoughtful little book on the questions of criminal justice, policing, and double standards, and the justifications of order and the need for punishment which fuel trends of violence and repression in policing practices.


Ang rated it ★★★★★

December 23, 2016

This was an amazing read. It's horrifying and depressing, but also enlightening and necessary. I know this will stick with me for a long time (I finished it late last night, and this morning, I've woken up thinking about it), and the questions it raises are so apt for a Chicagoan. Any American, o...


Stacy rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 27, 2017

I know of Chris Hayes through his television show, and had high hopes for his new book. Hope quickly morphed into disappointment as I plowed through his rambling narrative on racism and the justice system. He randomly touches on hot-button issues - police as warriors, incarceration rates, policin...


Lauren rated it ★★★★★

June 21, 2017

Still processing this one, and will be for sometime. I'm amazed by Hayes' deft analysis of situations, both modern and historical. Some ponderings and take-aways: - Law AND order as two separate entities in policing practice. These words are said together and thus rendered the same in many minds, m...





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