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A colony in a nation

by Hayes, Christopher, 1979-

Format: Book on CD 2017
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Audio/Visual CD 363.23 HA
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Audio/Visual
Call Number  CD 363.23 HA
C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Audio Visual CD 364.3 Hay
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Audio Visual
Call Number  CD 364.3 Hay
Jefferson Hills Public Library Audio Visual CDBK 364.973 HAY
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Audio Visual
Call Number  CDBK 364.973 HAY
Shaler North Hills Library Audiovisual CD 363.23 H
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Audiovisual
Call Number  CD 363.23 H
"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." Hayes 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 more democratic and sympathetic justice system already exists-- in a place we least suspect.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice these are just three of many young black men whose deaths at the hands of police officers have brought an incendiary confluence of racial profiling and criminal injustice to the forefront of American political discourse. The U.S. is deeply divided on many levels, prompting Emmy Award-winning MSNBC news anchor and best-selling author Hayes (Twilight of the Elites, 2012) to use the metaphor of a colony within a nation to illustrate the tactics employed throughout our judicial network by police, prosecutors, and politicians who further alienate black and white citizenry from each other. Nations pursue law and order according to principles of democracy, Hayes posits, while colonies are treated like occupied territories, subject to the capricious whims of those in charge. As a journalist and commentator, Hayes has covered the violence that erupted in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Cleveland in the wake of police shootings and analyzed the reasons for and reactions to police aggression and legal indifference. Writing with clarity, intelligence, and compassion, Hayes deftly illuminates the complex state of affairs that has evolved since the 1960s civil rights protests, and resulted in the current backlash. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Popular TV host Hayes will tour the country in concert with a vigorous multimedia marketing and publicity campaign.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hayes (Twilight of the Elites), host of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes, has written a laser-focused, necessary book about U.S. race relations, primarily the black experience, and law and order as they are experienced across the country. Hayes's main assertion is that the criminal justice system creates two separate Americas with borders drawn along racial lines-the "nation," or white America, with methods of policing characteristic of a democracy that respects the basic rights of its citizenry, and the "colony," black America, which is policed like an occupied state, trampling on the civil liberties of its inhabitants. Hayes's book has a strong through-line comparing the concepts of law and order. Law is defined in the commonly understood sense, while order is explained as a tool used by the state, through the police, to maintain the status quo. The author also ties in the related problem of our status as the most incarcerated nation in the world and why this punitive system is ineffective. This is an important, persuasive book that, if read, can help Americans begin to heal the divide between these two nations. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- United States.
Discrimination in law enforcement -- United States.
Social justice -- United States.
United States -- Race relations.
Publisher [Prince Frederick, Maryland] :2017
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Recorded Books, Inc., publisher.
Participants/Performers Narrated by the author.
Language English
Notes Compact disc.
In container (17 cm.).
Description 5 audio discs (5 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781501947018
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