• Title: A Colony in a Nation
  • Author: Chris Hayes Christopher L. Hayes
  • ISBN: 9780393355420
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Colony in a Nation New York Times best selling author and Emmy Award winning news anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas a Colony and a Nation America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postra
    New York Times best selling author and Emmy Award winning news anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas a Colony and a Nation.America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world, yet nearly every empirical measure wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968, when RicNew York Times best selling author and Emmy Award winning news anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas a Colony and a Nation.America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world, yet nearly every empirical measure wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968, when Richard Nixon became our first law and order president With the clarity and originality that distinguished his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our national conversation on policing and democracy in a book of wide ranging historical, social, and political analysis.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 A Colony in a Nation explains how a country founded on justice now looks like something uncomfortably close to a police state How and why did Americans build a system where conditions in Ferguson and West Balti mirror those that sparked the American Revolution A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s, and the unprecedented decline that followed Drawing on close hand reporting at flashpoints of racial conflict, as well as deeply personal experiences with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential broken windows theory to the squeegee men of late 1980s Manhattan, to show how fear causes us to make dangerous and unfortunate choices, both in our society and at the personal level With great empathy, he seeks to understand the challenges of policing communities haunted by the omnipresent threat of guns Most important, he shows that a democratic and sympathetic justice system already exists in a place we least suspect.A Colony in a Nation is an essential book searing and insightful that will reframe our thinking about law and order in the years to come.

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    1. 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 widen your perspective.Chris Hayes, the most compassionate and perceptive of MSNBC hosts—not forgetting my first love, Ms. Maddow—is the ideal author for such a book. He is a white man in his lat [...]

    2. 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 at which we incarcerate people in this country, staggering. On the ground in Ferguson, during the protests after the killing of Michael Brown, he describes what happened during a before, things not show [...]

    3. 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 occupation.” Hayes, who is white, draws from his own experience growing up in New York, from many interviews and his experiences as a journalist, and from historical and political sources. His argument is com [...]

    4. "One of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” James BaldwinI thought of this quote as I finished Hayes, and that the problem probably gets down to pain. However, I’m still confused if it’s mostly through hateful anger (or “White Rage”, as Carol Anderson reminds us of who’s anger is mostly the problem) or paranoid fear (“White fear”, as Hayes emphasizes). White fear is part of the ove [...]

    5. A COLONY IN A NATION BY CHRISTOPHER L HAYESI 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 states. I feel like every police officer and cruiser should be mandated by federal law to have a camera on their body and on their cars. They should be made to have dashboard cameras. Police brutality is on [...]

    6. To say that America is divided is nothing new, but Chris Hayes brings such a fresh new perspective to this reality. In this aptly titled book he suggests that there are actually two entirely distinct Americas: the Colony and the Nation. As he explains it: "If you live in the Nation, the criminal justice system functions like your laptop’s operating system, quietly humming in the background, doing what it needs to do to allow you to be your most efficient, functional self. In the Colony, the sy [...]

    7. 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 (inhabited by racial minorities, most of whom are Black, and the poor, most of whom are minorities) and The Nation (where the rest of us live) to expose the "Two Americas" that we inhabit. The Colony receiv [...]

    8. 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 present administration. I sense danger. Nixon also said in his convention speech: “To those who say law and order is the code word for racism, there and here is a reply: Our goal is justice for every Am [...]

    9. 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.

    10. 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, policing as a profit center, American clusters of self-perpetuating poverty, racial profiling, etc. - but never really makes a point. A 200-page book that tackles such a complex subject must be written like a h [...]

    11. In a Christian Science Monitor book review Nick Romeo, notes:The title comes from a phrase that Richard Nixon used in a 1968 speech at the Republican National Convention. “Black Americans,” he said, “do not want more government programs which perpetuate dependency. They don’t want to be a colony in a nation.” Hayes argues that in the half-century since Nixon’s speech, white America has subjugated a colony of the unfree within its own borders.The idea that the criminal justice system [...]

    12. 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, my own included. Hayes makes a clear distinction and why that matters.- This model of colony and nation was so "on", once painted in the historical context of the American Revolution. - Humiliation and sh [...]

    13. 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, of course, but as a Chicagoan it really hits home. I almost feel like I need to read this again, just to really take it all in. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

    14. Well, considering I hate nonfiction, that was unexpected. A Colony in a Nation is some of the best nonfiction I've read this year. While it's quite short, this book's exploration of racism is lovely, well-analyzed, and super important. The audiobook does a perfect job conveying the righteous anger this book is written with, while not taking away from the fact that Hayes has a great point here. Would highly recommend for the takedown of white supremacy and fantastic writing.

    15. Intensely readable and definitely worth your time. Hayes' thesis, that we don't have one criminal justice system with massive disparities but actually two distinct systems, which operate very differently, opens up some very interesting lines of inquiry. A thoughtful new take on a longstanding problem. Recommended.

    16. More reviews at TheBibliophage.Chris Hayes believes that the United States has a Colony living in the borders of a Nation, which is another way of saying that some of us are treated markedly different than others. This is essentially a book about policing and imprisonment practices in the U.S. It draws from the heritage of books like The New Jim Crow and Ghettoside. Hayes has a strong way with words, and experiences beyond his work at MSNBC to draw from. He grew up in the northwest part of the B [...]

    17. Reading this book is—I imagine—like having a slightly coked-up Chris Hayes sitting next to you on a bar stool. He makes some good points, but they’re all shoehorned into a binary model (Colony v. Nation) which is far too reductive to be useful in any meaningful sense. Basically, the whole book is a personal meditation on the racial politics of policing; not unlike the commentary delivered nightly by Chris Hayes and others on MSNBC. I like Hayes, which is the only reason I read the book. Th [...]

    18. “In the Nation, there is law; in the Colony, there is only a concern with order. In the Nation, you have rights; in the Colony, you have commands. In the Nation, you are innocent until proven guilty; in the Colony, you are born guilty.”—Chris HayesIf you saw Ava Duvernay's Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, most of what you'll read in MSNBC reporter Chris Hayes' new (slim) book will be familiar—infuriating— material. In summary? It's DISGUSTING the ways this country has turned criminali [...]

    19. On p. 210 of his excellent and insightful A Colony in a Nation, Chris Hayes asks the following series of questions that underlie arguments he makes throughout the book:Imagine a person commits a crime, perhaps even a violent crime, against you. Is this person a human being? A neighbor, a fellow citizen? What do we as a society owe that person? Could he be someone you know and love in the throes of addiction? Or is he a member of a group you'll never encounter again? What dignity is due the perpe [...]

    20. A Colony in a Nation by Christopher L. Hayes is a 2017 W.W. Norton Company publication. This is a very thought provoking book which blends politics, sociology, race relations, and history to explain how America ended up having a ‘Colony in a Nation’. This book delves into the justice system's flaws, the police mentality, profiling, violence, and ‘for profit’ policing, among other things. ‘Depending on who you are, the sight of an officer can produce either a warm sense of safety and co [...]

    21. This is an incredibly thought-provoking read. Chris Hayes provides a take on criminal justice I hadn't quite thought about before; it's compelling, especially for the white person trying to critically examine the role white people have played (and still do play) in contributing to social injustice. I highly recommend this to anyone interested these topics.

    22. Chris Hayes develops the thesis that the US has evolved such that some live in a nation and others a colony. If you live in the nation, you receive the full protection of the Bill of Rights. If you live in the colony, your rights have been eroded such that they are similar to those living under King George being vulnerable to search and seizure, detainment without charge, excessive bail, etcHe develops this thesis not only from data and interviews, but also, most graphically, from his personal e [...]

    23. Using the framework of the politics and mechanics of colonization, Chris Hayes offers a thoughtful examination of how the law and order rhetoric and policies in America today perpetuate racial and class inequality. Thought provoking and enlightening. Very well written, he is reasoned in his analysis, knows his history and has done his research. He is an educated guy, but writes without the academic hubris that sometimes comes with writers of a topic like this. He throws in a few personal experie [...]

    24. Well, colour me disappointed after reading this book. I was fully prepared to love it. I was fully prepared for it to make me think, to expand my horizons, to enrich my life. Instead, it gave me a headache.I was first introduced to Chris Hayes when he would fill in for Rachel Maddow on her program (back when I still had cable and watched the news every night). This was, of course, before he had his own program, which I believe is right around Maddow's time slot (either directly before or directl [...]

    25. A couple of brief takeaways:1. This is really good and people should read it.2. I didn't realize the author was living in Madison working on the Kerry campaign while I was a student. That's so weird to think about. Sorry for football season! Considering I was working catering events for the people attending said games, I probably enjoyed it just as little as you did.3. The part about order oriented policing is going to stick with me for a long time.4. So is the part about the divided nature of E [...]

    26. This’ll pop yer eyes open a lot wider. This admirable gut-check on race relations and sociopolitics will be deservedly cataloged near Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. As a document that speaks to normal, open-minded dudes like you and me, however, this is on fire. A naturally persuasive writer, Hayes is editor at large of the Nation and host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes. Though he does his best to downplay “liberal vs. conserva [...]

    27. Thanks to Net Galley, I was able to read this fascinating new book by MSNBC anchor, Chris Hayes. Hayes writes a scholarly yet engrossing new book looking at the various nuances of law and the explication of so-called 'order' in today's America. Borrowing the quote from Richard Nixon for his title, he explores the great divide in our country between the disenfranchised of our nation who still live as if in a separate colony, while the privileged 'nation' attempts to maintain the status quo. While [...]

    28. "In the Nation, there is law; in the Colony, there is only a concern with order. In the Nation, you have rights; in the Colony, you have command. In the Nation, you are innocent until proven guilty; in the Colony, you are born guilty." In the Nation, there are Trump supporters; and in the Colony, is the rest of the world.

    29. This is the first book by Chris Hayes that I've read and I will be searching out his work in the future after finishing A Colony in a Nation. This book is an impressive analysis of the relationship between the races as they exist in the United States today and in the past. Definitely worth reading.

    30. One of the most unbelievable things I recently learned about America's prison system is that it has the most people in jail than any other major country on Earth. Even more than China, an authoritarian country with the world's largest population. A Colony in a Nation is Chris Hayes' illustration of two Americas as he sees it: the nation and the colony. Americans who reside in the nation perceive the criminal justice system in the way it ought to work in an advanced democracy--with little police [...]

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