Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s All In, joined Marty Moss-Coane on Radio Times this morning to discuss policing and policy standards that the American government and law enforcement applies to underserved African-American communities.
In recent years, high-profile incidents involving African-American deaths at the hands of the police has shed some light on the chasm between how the police behave in higher-income communities and struggling communities. He writes about this in his new book A Colony in a Nation, which takes its title from a Richard Nixon speech decrying African-American dependence on government aid. But the title also applies to the colonial days of the U.S., and the conditions that led to the American Revolution.
He discussed the taxing, smuggling, and what he calls “the first era of stop-and-frisk” of America under British rule, and compares those methods to the policing tactics that takes place today in the country’s impoverished neighborhoods: