A Colony in a Nation Quotes

Hayes, Chris
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Whatever became of her, one thing is clear to me in retrospect. 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.
-- Chris Hayes (chapter 1 paragraph 2)

Importance: This demonstrates Hayes's view that people primarily rely on the police to restore and maintain order, rather than enforce laws.

Fair to say that Dayvon and I, in our ways, both dodged a bullet, but the similarities ended there. I actually did something wrong: I was carrying an illegal drug. I wasn’t quick enough on my feet to defuse the situation, and even if I had been arrested and booked, it all almost certainly would have worked out fine in the end. The stakes felt very high, but they were actually pretty low. Dayvon, on the other hand, had done nothing...
-- Chris Hayes (chapter 1 paragraph 4)

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