New york times bestseller new york times book review editors choice an essential and groundbreaking text in the effort to understand how american criminal justice went so badly awry ta nehisi coates author of between the world and me a colony in a nation chris hayes 9780393355420. A colony in a nation by christopher l hayes is a 2017 ww 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. A colony in a nation by chris hayes is a work of nonfiction about racial inequalities in the american criminal justice system hayes argues that the united states is comprised of two separate societies the nation and the colony the nation is inhabited primarily by white americans who enjoy the full benefits of citizenship and civil rights. A colony in a nation by furthermore although most crime occurs intraracially the nation believes that the colony is a constant insidious threat unmistakably we have moved the object of our concern from crime to criminals from acts to essences among other rich democracies ours is the only one with the death penalty . The title of journalist chris hayess new book a colony in a nation comes from a phrase that richard nixon used in a 1968 speech at the republican national conventionblack americans he
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