Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

Marc Lamont Hill Todd Brewster

Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

  • Title: Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond
  • Author: Marc Lamont Hill Todd Brewster
  • ISBN: 9781501124945
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover

Unarmed citizens shot by police Drinking water turned to poison Mass incarcerations We ve heard the individual stories Now a leading public intellectual and acclaimed journalist offers a powerful, paradigm shifting analysis of America s current state of emergency, finding in these events a larger and troubling truth about race, class, and what it means to be NoboUnarmed citizens shot by police Drinking water turned to poison Mass incarcerations We ve heard the individual stories Now a leading public intellectual and acclaimed journalist offers a powerful, paradigm shifting analysis of America s current state of emergency, finding in these events a larger and troubling truth about race, class, and what it means to be Nobody Protests in Ferguson, Missouri and across the United States following the death of Michael Brown revealed something far deeper than a passionate display of age old racial frustrations They unveiled a public chasm that has been growing for years, as America has consistently and intentionally denied significant segments of its population access to full freedom and prosperity.In Nobody, scholar and journalist Marc Lamont Hill presents a powerful and thought provoking analysis of race and class by examining a growing crisis in America the existence of a group of citizens who are made vulnerable, exploitable and disposable through the machinery of unregulated capitalism, public policy, and social practice These are the people considered Nobody in contemporary America Through on the ground reporting and careful research, Hill shows how this Nobody class has emerged over time and how forces in America have worked to preserve and exploit it in ways that are both humiliating and harmful.To make his case, Hill carefully reconsiders the details of tragic events like the deaths of Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, and Freddie Gray, and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan He delves deeply into a host of alarming trends including mass incarceration, overly aggressive policing, broken court systems, shrinking job markets, and the privatization of public resources, showing time and time again the ways the current system is designed to worsen the plight of the vulnerable.Timely and eloquent, Nobody is a keen observation of the challenges and contradictions of American democracy, a must read for anyone wanting to better understand the race and class issues that continue to leave their mark on our country today.

Recent Comments "Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond"

"e death of Michael Brown is not merely a throwback to a wounded racial past but also a thoroughly modern event. It is not only the repeat of the age-old racial divide but also a statement of a relatively new public chasm that has been growing for years. This divide is characterized by the demonization and privatization of public services, including schools, the military, prisons, and even policing; by the growing use of prison as our primary resolution for social contradictions; by the degradat [...]

I have read quite a few books over the past few years dealing with police brutality, systemic racism, and general inequalities and some of them have been fluff pieces and others were groundbreaking in the material they presented so I was not sure what I was getting into when I started reading Nobody. The topics range from the killing of unarmed black men, to the water crisis in Flint, to the most bone chilling concept of feeling like a "nobody" in a place that is supposed to be your home. This b [...]

Marc Lamont Hill presents a lot of statistics and data along with copious notes to posit that Black people, by and large represent the collective Nobody. He uses the recent killings of African-Americans at the hands of the police to explore the policies and practices that have created and sustain this environment that allows for deadly force by paid officers when confronting the Black citizens of America. The book reads like a recent recap of the more prominent cases of police misconduct and bru [...]

I found very little new information in "Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable", but I'm still very happy to have read it. Written and published before Trump's victory, the message in "Nobody" is even more ringing as we cope with the aftermath. We are a fractured society, but what we're sensing collectively isn't wrong. "What our current age is hiding isoubling. No matter how many politicians try optimistically to mask the fact, manufacturing, as we have long known it, is over." F [...]

Social science is my thing. I totally nerd out. *cheesy grin*I purchased this book for research purposes but reading it soothed a bit of an ache. I needed to be reminded now more than ever why having compassion isn't a bad thing. Why it's my responsibility as a citizen of the United States to care for vulnerable and underserved individuals who reside both inside and outside of my community. Marc Lamont Hill has done a fantastic job highlighting the social, cultural, and economic disparities that [...]

I liked this one, and there's certainly a lot of value here. I was hoping for more focus on Flint, as I feel that that story has been really underreported, but that only came with about 30 pages left to go in the book. I did appreciate the deeper context given to the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, and Freddie Gray in particular. Other than that, I think Michelle Alexander told the story of mass incarceration and forgotten American communities better. If more of the book ha [...]

This book should be incorporated in to high school and college U.S. history curriculums across the nation. Marc Lamont Hill does an excellent job bringing to light the social, cultural and economic aspects of deeply rooted racism in America. While Hill cites a great number of statistics and empirical studies, he is careful to not lose sight of the humanity and vulnerability of the subject at hand.

This. Book."Nobody" is one of the few books I've read that's been so recent, it was almost a refresher of what I'd already witnessed play out online and on television. To hear each of account in detail - the death of Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, and more - with a road map to trace back how these scenarios aren't just one-off occurrences was eye-opening. So much so, that I truly feel this book should be required reading from now on in schools because of how honest and straightforwar [...]

"The sense that we all occupy the same community has been eroded, and in its place we witness the gross exaltation of the individual, the discrediting of social welfare as nothing more than a 'nanny state,' the 'privatization of risk,' and a message that if you are living on the underside of the American economy, it is no one's fault but your own."

An important primer on the ways that America has marginalised huge portions of its population through government and private institutions that perpetuate inequality. Difficult but essential reading.

Making the case for intersectionality!

A must read. While discussing recent events, from Fergusson to Flint, Hill pushes the conversation, demanding that we look at the socio-political and economic histories behind, within, and anchoring these realities of racial violence. "This book has told the stories of those marked as Nobody in America," writes Hill. "By spotlighting the social, current, and economic conditions that undermine the lives of the vulnerable, I hope to have offered a thicker analysis of the current crisis" (181). As [...]

The most frequent response I have when trying to discuss race relations with people of a similar identity to me (white, male, raised in suburbia) is, "You always have a response to every point. Can't you just shut up and let me say my points and let it be at that?"That's the most frustrating thing about trying to effectively discuss these problems, from my perspective, with the White America that I am a part of. One of the beautiful achievements of Hill's book is that it recognized thenuancethat [...]

Want a book that recaps and gives insight to all the terrible stories of police shootings of Blacks from Trayvon and Ferguson on? This is your book. It was hard to learn that Sandra Bland was pulled over only because she changed lanes without signaling – wow, the bar is that low. If you are black, these racist cops want your submission, fear and deference immediately – or your life. It was hard to read that Eric Garner had to say to his executioner “I can’t breathe” ELEVEN times, and s [...]

This is one of those books that is hard to rate. It's hard to say you liked a book that covers material so unsettling and so true. I think, for me, I work with clients who experience the "little" injustices every day. It is those things with which I am more familiar but, like Hill says, "For the vulnerable, it is the violence of the ordinary, the terrorism of the quotidian, the injustice of the everyday, that produces the most profound and intractable social misery." Hill uses various cases from [...]

This is a more thorough than average take on the incidents of police brutality that led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, but if you've read enough books, articles and what have you on the topic chances are that there's very little here that you haven't already heard before. But if you've been living under a rock, or locked up or in a coma or whatever, this is the one to get—other than No Country for Black Men, natch.It tells the story of incidents like the Mike Brown shooting, E [...]

Some parts stroke me so personally because of the horrific killing of the Bible Teacher by a high school girl!Mr.Hill captured most of the event but the enormous fear these teenagers created in the Black Community in general &as a teacher,the act paralyzed our relationship with the students at their school!There had never been a murder by students in Gary IN ,black orwhite.His writing gave me lot to think about,and as I noted before my emotionspeaked. Also,it was a concise interconnected set [...]

Hill writes with a grave, urgency in a deeply-researched accounting of the wars on our home soil: War on Crime, War on Drugs, and War on Terror - and how those wars have created the injustice experienced today by the vulnerable. He has given me a deeper understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement - a cry to "see" me as a somebody, not a nobody.He names Michael Eric Dyson as an important mentor and I see it in his writing. These men are important scholars and voices in the 21st century and m [...]

This book takes everything we go through as Blacks in this nation, but breaks it down further - all the way down to the real systematic and structural issues of this country which cause the issues at hand. I love the writing, I love the flow, and I pretty much felt every emotion possible reading this.

Another book I want everyone to read. ASAP. If you wonder what is wrong, look no further for the answers.

I requested this book from the library because of Rick.The day after the presidential election there was no one at work and so I just played dominoes with Rick [Lowe] and Mr. Jesse [Lott] all day, kicking around reflections and slammin' the bones. We got an delivery, which was a copy of this book for Rick. I asked him about it and he said Marc Lamont Hill is Rick's kind of thinker, writing about the kind of issues Rick's really concerned with. Months later, I remember this conversation and put [...]

"These were not caricature criminal whom middle class white Americans had been taught to fear. They were people whose "crimes" included jaywalking, playing loud music, selling loosies, fleeing a traffic citation, making eye contact with a police officer, failing to signal a lane change, being a stranger, and holding a realistic looking toy gun.""This divide is characterized by the growing use of prisons as our primary resolution for social contradictions, by the growth of a consumer culture that [...]

This book is an account of the "no bodies" in the United States. Reading the book made me wonder anew regarding the seemingly unquestioned belief by many that the U.S. is one nation endowed by their creator with liberty and justice for all. The facts do not seem to confirm these beliefs. The author states, "Shifting social and cultural dynamics are the perfect complement to the current neoliberal economic moment. At the same time that market logic promotes the private interest over the public go [...]

"There is plenty of reason to debate the central premise of privatization-that business always does it better-but we don't have to go there to find this idea objectionable. In the way that privatization separates government responsibilities from democratic accountability, the notion is flawed from its very conception. Businesses are not made to function for the public good. They are made to function for the good of profit. There is nothing inherently evil in that. In most cases, the profit motiv [...]

I think I may have gone into this book with too high expectations- the title had me thinking there would be a deeper analysis and less individual stories told expressing the thesis of the book (that society does not value marginalized people), and while the author isn't a bad writer, I felt a lack of storytelling ability and a sense of detachment in this book as it tells the story of the victims, some more famously known than others, and the laws and criminal justice system that did not protect [...]

This was a really good and important (and short – about 180 pages of text) book on how the system in America screws over those on bottom; especially blacks. It begins with a depiction of what happened to Michael Brown the night he was killed – and later gives similar depictions of Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin and the like. Then these stories serve as jumping off points for how life in modern America treats those on bottom unfairly (and then blames them for their own predicament [...]

A strong polemic that is well worth reading though the author gets carried away by his own argument and sometimes says things that are not true. His basic argument is that America wages a war on the vulnerable which includes certain minorities, gays, lesbians, transgeneder folks and poor people in general. It is an easy reading and quite commanding of one's attention. But there are problems here where he lets his anti capitalist perspective encourage him to ignore inconvenient facts. To take jus [...]

I enjoyed this book a lot, it managed to discuss some really hard truths about society while also giving great detail and injecting personal stories to humanize the issues.a lot of things I've seen and read discuss where we are right now with the justice system and inequality but not a lot of things tackle where we've been or how we got from here to there. This book did a great job of bridging that gap and letting the whole picture unfold from point A to point B.I will be reading "The New Jim Cr [...]

While this doesn't delve into specifics like some other books on the subject (like Wesley Lowery's phenomenally immersive "They Can't Kill Us All," or Mychal Denzel Smith's searching "Invisible Man (Got the Whole World Watching)" it's fantastic at clearly and precisely outlining the larger components of the issues, illustrated with tight case studies, in a really accessible, slim, and straight-forward way. And it gives you plenty of other directions to read further in.

Such an important read to help us understand the impact of laws and policies that have led to state violence and oppression. Particularly in this era of "making America Great Again", we must question - great for whom? A reminder that we need to come together as a community that supports each other including the most vulnerable and prioritize public good through health, social, and education - so there are no lives that are expendable.

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