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Emmy Award-winning 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 postracial 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 best seller 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.
©2017 Chris Hayes (P)2017 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Crystal Broadnax on 04-18-17

So much to this book!

First of all, I really enjoyed listening to the author tell this story. He has such professional and personal ownership of the story and it resonates throughout. Which is good, because I know I'm going to have to re-listen to it, and possibly go buy a copy. There is so much to this story, and I thought I kind of understood the nuances of it before reading this. Not close. Every one needs to read this. we might understand each other so much better if we did.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 03-27-17

Great food for thought!

This book does well to take us far back in our history to understand the roots of our not so new punishment and imprisonment system that has now run amok. Chris helps us to think of uur own prejudices and question what we consider to be valid beliefs. More myths busted. More wondering how we will get our society to fix this atrocity that continues every minute, every day.

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