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A Colony in a Nation
A Colony in a Nation | Chris Hayes
Emmy Awardwinning news anchor and New York Times best-selling author Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas: a Colony and a Nation. America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a post-racial world, but nearly every empirical measurewealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregationreveals that racial inequality hasnt 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 Colonyand how it threatens our democracy.
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Another #BLMReadingList adjacent pick, I found this to be a great follow up to Michelle Alexander‘s phenomenal The New Jim Crow. Hayes book is about how our inner cities and black communities are policed like colonies, inside our larger nation. It‘s insightful for different reasons, and although I‘d recommend Alexander‘s book 1st (always!!) this one helped me understand how policing works very different in some places than others!

#BLM

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Sweettartlaura
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4⭐️
A great read about the inequity of the justice system. Hayes explains things to white America in a way that shouldn‘t provoke defensiveness. And he puts some real responsibility on them in very basic ways. We were deluged this year with social media stories of BBQ Becky & her ilk. Here, Hayes had already thoughtfully posed the questions of when & why to call the cops, and then laid out here how that plays out for POC.
Read this book 📚

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DyAnne
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I want to screen shot every page.

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Christine
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I was unfamiliar with Chris Hayes‘ TV career but learned of him via following Rebecca Traister on Twitter during the Kavanaugh ordeal. His posts impressed me, and when I realized he‘d written this one (long on my TBR) it became a must-read. I tend to seek out works on this topic by people of color, but this was very well-written and, I think, quite valuable. Finishing it on Election Eve makes me sad, scared, and hopeful.

vivastory I really liked this one. He's one of my favorite MSNBC hosts. If you haven't read it yet, along similar lines is 4y
Christine @vivastory Oh nice - I really should check out his show! And Evicted was one of my most favorite reads of 2016. (Especially meaningful since I grew up in Wisconsin and my brother lives in Milwaukee.) 4y
vivastory I just finished it yesterday & I imagine I'll be thinking about it for years. I visited Milwaukee when I lived in Minneapolis. 4y
vivastory I feel like someone should send a copy to Ben Carson 4y
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EchoLogical
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This awesome read put me across the finish line of my #Goodreads Reading Challenge!
Chris Hayes delves right into the history and consequences of "law and ORDER" policies here in America and how they've created "colonies" of minorities ruled by different standards in the interest of maintaining order. I only wish he'd delved deeper and made the book longer. I highly recommend this one...

⭐⭐⭐⭐

readordierachel Hooray for meeting your goal 🎉🎉 Glad to hear you recommend the book! Just bumped it up my tbr. 4y
EchoLogical @ReadOrDieRachel I usually struggle with nonfiction but this was written in a way that was so easy to understand. I'm thinking of buying a copy for my husband. 4y
2BR02B Congrats on meeting your goal, and great review! 4y
hes7 Yay! 🎉 4y
Liatrek Congrats 🎉🎉🎉 4y
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EchoLogical
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"...the psychology of many police officers: they see themselves as combatants in a war zone, beseiged and surrounded, operating in enemy territory, one wrong move away from sudden death..."

This part. ?

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EchoLogical
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"At the moment I called the police, I could not have told you what law was being broken, what crime was being committed. I dialed that number not to enforce the law but to restore order."

MicheleinPhilly How timely. 😔 5y
EchoLogical @MicheleinPhilly I thought so too 5y
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farre
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This was good. We know much about what he is trying to get at, but he ties it to the past (how this stuff has always happened). And props for talking about the REAL first Thanksgiving.

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Wannabe_Quijote
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Love listening to Chris Hayes‘ attempts at different voices and accents while reading his own book. #audiobook

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BeveragesAndBooks
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Spent all morning writing about domestic violence, so why the hell not continue meditating on how shitty humans can be to each other?

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Hooked_on_books
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This book is a quick read covering many aspects of racism in the US. I appreciate the incorporation of history and statistics in the narrative. While no means a deep dive, it is timely and cites some great books for more intensive reading. It's a great place to start learning as well as a good overview for anyone looking to understand various aspects of this ongoing problem.

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Hooked_on_books
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Some of the statements in this book are stopping me in my tracks. This is one. (The word that's hard to read is Finland--not sure what happened there.)

Marchpane That's an incredible statistic 😳 5y
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Lea
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I am a fan of Chris Hayes and appreciated his perspective on this timely topic. Should be required reading.

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mauveandrosysky
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Notafraidofwords Wow. More than ten books! That's amazing 🎉 5y
mauveandrosysky @Notafraidofwords thanks! 🖤 it was a good reading month. 5y
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mauveandrosysky
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To say that America is divided is nothing new, but Chris Hayes brings such a fresh perspective to this reality by suggesting that there really are two entirely distinct Americas. Hayes is an extremely engaging writer, and I was hooked by his conversational style and keen insights within the first couple pages. I consider myself pretty well-educated on the topics he addresses, but still felt like I came out of this with a new way of seeing things.

mauveandrosysky Thanks @vivastory and @Notafraidofwords for recommending this one! 5y
vivastory Great review. I'm glad you found it informative and engaging. 5y
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mauveandrosysky
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Pretty cool when the author of the book you're reading retweets you.

kristinshafel I have the biggest crush on Chris Hayes! He's responded to a couple of my tweets too 😍 5y
Notafraidofwords This book is truly special. I loved in a colony for a long time and I moved out to the nation a few years ago and I can tell you, he's spot on. 5y
mauveandrosysky @Notafraidofwords oh, that's really interesting. Had you ever thought about it that way yourself or was reading the book like an a-ha moment? 5y
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Notafraidofwords @mauveandrosysky well I loved In a colony and my parents did too (for them more physically, San Sebastián PR). I didn't realize what Hayes was talking about until 8th grade when I won a debate tournament and got to visit a mostly middle To upper class school and realize that they're windows were not barred and their textbooks were brand new and no metal detectors. Before that, I just assumed everyone was poor like me and my classmates. 5y
Notafraidofwords @mauveandrosysky somehow, I never assumed that some people had it better because we didn't have cable. Until about 8th grade, we got cable and I realized that other people were living great lives and going to private school and they didn't live in the projects like I did. & then reading happened. Reading changed everything. 5y
mauveandrosysky @Notafraidofwords thank you for sharing your experience. And yes, it's amazing how much reading can change everything. (edited) 5y
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Twocougs
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I've had this since it came out and finally got around to reading it. So sad how little we have learned as a nation. Chris Hayes describes well the two different Americas, the Colony and the Nation and your race determines which you live in. I would very much like to see what a person of color thinks of this book.

Notafraidofwords I lived in a "colony" most of my life and recently moved to a bit better area. I can tell you, his book is accurate. 5y
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kristinshafel
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Serious question: am I reading this right? Killed in 2014 but arrested twice in 2015? Typo?

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kristinshafel
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Next picks for my Best Friends International Book Club! (just me and a friend in KC) I have the *biggest* crush on Chris Hayes 😍 #bookclub

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vivastory
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Surprising literary reference in a nonfiction book: Hayes mentions Mieville's "City & the City" as a helpful analogy for his title

saresmoore Neato! 6y
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catiewithac
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Part memoir, part extended rumination on race relations in America. A much-needed perspective on an important societal issues such as race, criminality, economic justice, and safety. 🚓🔫

vivastory This is my next audio book 6y
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NikkiCureton
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"There are fundamentally two ways you can experience the police in America: as the people you call when there's a problem, the nice man who pats a toddler's head and has an easy smile for the old lady as she buys her coffee. For others, the police are the people who are called on them. They are the ominous knock on the door, the sudden flashlight in the face, the barked orders."

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Six of my five-star reads from 2017, in a few genres. It's been a great year for the #nonfictionchallenge17 (completed 38 so far). I've read lots of four-star fiction books, but only two that felt like five stars. Can't wait to see what the rest of the years holds. #iregretnothing #bestreadsof2017sofar #jubilantjuly

batsy So happy to see the Kathleen Collins book get some love 💜 It's one of my recent favourites. 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @batsy Yes, I really enjoyed it and expect to reread over time as well. 👏🏻👏🏻 6y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Not a bad month, just a lot more comics and very short reads compared to normal which makes it look like a lot more books than usual. I definitely need to get out of my funk and back on track! 😉

#JuneStats #ReadingStats #June2017
#LitsyAtoZ #NonfictionChallenge17 #LitsyReadingChallenge #PopsugarChallenge2017
#ReadHarder2017 #MountTBR #192019 #ReadingChallenge2017

Gezemice You can do it! I just went through all the Walking Dead. Awesome if you are in a funk. 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Yes, I caught up with all of those earlier this year. I'm almost all caught up with Wonder Woman and Bitch Planet, so then I guess I'll try Paper Girls. 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Have you tried The Walking Dead tv series yet? 6y
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Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Nope. I dont watch TV nowadays. I am also kind of wondering if it could live up to the books. I kind of know the characters now as drawn... feel like the show might interfere with that. 6y
Sweettartlaura You‘re having the same challenge year I had last year 😜. This year I scaled it wayyyy back. 5y
Sweettartlaura Wait... ignore that ☝🏻... just saw it was from last year 🤣 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Sweettartlaura That‘s ok! I scaled back this year... and am still doing to many, next year I have to scale back even more. 5y
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nofutureparttwo
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I finally got around to finishing this urgent, brilliantly argued book. I'm left thinking about all the times i've knowingly "pushed the button" of my own privilege, placing my sense of comfort over the safety and dignity of others. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, especially to other white folks who care about antiracism and want to destroy white supremacy.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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This one was a bit slower for me to get through then The New Jim Crow, but it was an excellent follow-up read expounding on some of her points and adding some new insights to how that disparity in policing has evolved into us treating certain segments of our population as if they are a "Colony" of the United States within the larger "Nation", with less rights/privileges where any sign of disruption is meet with swift & severe pushback. It also...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...covers up through more current events, including protests in Ferguson. Personally & by odd coincidence I was reading Michelle Alexander's book when Philando Castile was shot, & this one when the verdict came out, oddly the first near the part about "routine" bad taillight stops looking for problems, to this one near the small part talking about the self policing of the police themselves almost always resulting in acquittals. So odd, but timely. 6y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Just in case you thought this problem wasn't about "you" or only happens in such and such an area....we all very VERY wrong.

DGRachel This book sounds absolutely terrifying. 6y
AmyG @DGRachel Right? I may have this on my TBR pile for years. 😬 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @DGRachel @AmyG Not terrifying so much as informative, of things you never really knew before, but that are definitely very important. 6y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Great company we are keeping....🙁

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Well that's not terrifying at all.... (part 2)

Continued from above..."differently. The key sites of battle weren't tax cuts and budgets. Instead (...) speak of property values or crime, and then even further removed, they could say the concern was litter or graffiti or abandoned buildings."

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Well that's not terrifying at all....

AmyG Wow. 😫 6y
queerbookreader Jesus. 6y
Laura317 Yikes! 😡 6y
Suet624 Ugh. 6y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Kitten update:
Why is #LuckyDuck eating the dog food with the Doxen while the Yorkie eats the kitten food I bought for her? The world may never know.... 🙄

Seriously though, she's doing great (again), had a bit of a scare 10 days ago, she got a fever and wouldn't eat, but the vet put her on an antibiotic for 10 days...all done and she's obviously feeling just fine.👍

#CatsOfLitsy

LauraBrook Awww! Glad she's doing so good! She really is a lucky duck! 😽😽😽😽😽 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @LauraBrook She really is living up to her name! 6y
CouronneDhiver So so so stinkin' cute! I could look at little kitty photos all day. 😻 6y
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Notafraidofwords Do they get along? 6y
Librariana Glad your kitty baby is doing better 😊💖 6y
Hooked_on_books Nice that everyone's getting along. She's so tiny. 6y
Sydsavvy Sweet 💕 6y
Texreader Precious!!! I love how she appears to fit right in!! 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Notafraidofwords They do, I was a bit worried when she was tinier, we found her when she was only a week old, that the other cats and dogs in the house would decide she was a snack.... but now that she's about 6-7 weeks old, she loves to play and run, and if anything they get annoyed by her trying to play with them all the time. The Yorkie who is only a yr and a half thinks we got him the best toy ever. 6y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Another one to add to or move up my to-read list!

prowlix I read Ghettoside earlier this year and it's very good! 6y
DocBrown Ghettoside is one of my top nonfiction picks of 2015. 6y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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"The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself" or more correctly in this case the institutions we build around our fears that persist for years and decades after the real cause for that fear is long gone.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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😂See we should really be profiling and banning furniture!

saresmoore Hahahaha! Oh goodness. I wonder if that's addressed in 6y
Laura317 I'm. scared of my coffee table. It has attacked me on more than one occasion. 😂😂😂 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Laura317 I personally have issues with the door frame and countertop corner... they jump out and jab me all the time. I have the bruises to prove it! 6y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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#TBRTuesday (a day late, oops!) This is what's coming up next for me (based on what's due for book club, due back at the library, that I've already started and really want to finish, etc..

BooksForYears Library due dates are the worst (unless you're on the hold list, that is 😂) 6y
DaydreamingBookworm I really want to read this! Let me know how it is. I read Alias Grace for a book challenge and I need more Atwood in my life. I also have The Underground Railroad on my shelf but I don't know when I'll have the energy to pick it up. 6y
Weaponxgirl Ohh I wanna read the awkward thoughts book. I love he's podcast politically reactive 6y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Very good book, and pretty good follow up to The New Jim Crow for those interested.

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It all flows back to the great gun debate...

Smangela I say this all the time to my husband when he gets frustrated with other drivers! I say, "just let them be and don't react, you do not know when someone could snap" unfortunately :( this sounds like a book I need to read! 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Smangela It's a good one and not very long....about 200 pages. 6y
Jess_Read_This So so so true in this day and age. It's a scary world out there. 6y
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Smangela Wow 😳 that's frustrating. We need better training and education for our police forces! 6y
Tnovo So true! 6y
Jess_Read_This That's sobering. I was required to take Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training and it was only 6 hours... I wished for a longer course and I worked healthcare then. Wow, I wish municipalities would look at this statistic. 6y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Why are we boycotting Columbus Day...we should be boycotting Thanksgiving!

This is like when you grow up and read the Grimm's Fairytale version of your favorite kids story, but worse, with the bloody version being the actual history.

TheNextBook We should be boycotting both. I read a book last year with my son about Thanksgiving. It spoke about a different event but went into detail about what happened later between the Native Americans and settlers. 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TheNextBook Agreed, but we definitely need to stop teaching the cutesy story to children. Talk about the saying that the victors get to write the histories, sheesh, what a revisionist hot mess! 6y
readinginthedark I don't know that we shouldn't celebrate Thanksgiving, but I agree with teaching an accurate representation of what happened rather than glamorizing it. When my son's old enough, he will watch the Buffy episode where the spirit of a native man attacks the Scoobies to avenge his loved ones. 😂 6y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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As I read more of this and hear it repeated in news stories... I'm beginning to wonder what we are teaching in police training, what is the rumor mill they hear about what they will encounter on the streets...because it sounds like they are being prepared to be "on the front lines", like they are being trained to shoot before they shoot you instead of the old "Serve and Protect"

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Hahaha...well he has a point there.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Makes me think we need a nationwide...take out such nonsensical laws out of our towns municipal codes... wave. One city at a time.

Chrissyreadit It is horrifying how some people can be drawn to abuse of power. 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Chrissyreadit From what I've read lately, we all can be....which is really scary! 6y
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Nancethepants
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Hayes' title is a partial quote of Richard Nixon, one of the original law and order candidates. Beyond defining the nation and the colony, Hayes also defines the differences BETWEEN law and order. It's a potent and necessary discussion that I hope leads to a better understanding of punishment, justice, and who ultimately gets to decide what each means.

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Nancethepants
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Looks like Hayes is my kind of book nerd!

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Floresj
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Very readable discussion of race in the US. Vignettes of police activity on college campuses, John Hancock's smuggling operation, "broken windows" policing and gun ownership make this a engaging but not overly academic read. The analogy of the colony in a nation is spot-on and uses historical references to show the progression of how race and white fear was used politically.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I wish there was a Litsy review category of "Hell Yeah" for books that are even better than "Pick." If the topic of today's lack of racial justice in the U.S. sounds impenetrable to you, this book will help. It's not long, and Chris Hayes just drills right to the good stuff. It's interesting in content and writing style. I encourage you to give it a shot no matter where you are politically. #readersresist

Full review at www.thebibliophage.com.

Notafraidofwords I really appreciated this one. I lived in the projects for a long time and can totally appreciate everything he was saying. In many ways, I felt like I was living two lives. My private life and my work life in a nice area. 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Notafraidofwords I'm glad to have your perspective. Since I've basically always been in "The Nation," it's never easy for me to judge if a book feels on target to others with different experiences. Thanks! 6y
lynneamch Hell Yeah! 6y
Notafraidofwords @BarbaraTheBibliophage no problem. I have to say, he hits the nail in the head. Completely aligned with my experiences. One thing I wish he expanded on was colony shut down. For instance, when living in the projects, cops would shut down the streets. And that would hinder me going to work and school. But, how could I explain that to a supervisor who has always loved in a nation. 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Notafraidofwords Wow. Yes, I've never been aware of Colony shut down. The expectation that people need to get to work is just ignored. Infuriating! 6y
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