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!DOWNLOAD PDF ♍ Nobody ♠ Named A Best Book OfBy Kirkus Reviews A New York Times Editor S ChoiceNautilus Award Winner A Worthy And Necessary Addition To The Contemporary Canon Of Civil Rights Literature New York Times In This Thought Provoking And Important Library Journal Analysis Of State Sanctioned Violence, Marc Lamont Hill Carefully Considers A String Of High Profile Deaths In America Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, And Others And Incidents Of Gross Negligence By Government, Such As The Water Crisis In Flint, Michigan He Digs Underneath These Events To Uncover Patterns And Policies Of Authority That Allow Some Citizens Become Disempowered, Disenfranchised, Poor, Uneducated, Exploited, Vulnerable, And Disposable To Help Us Understand The Plight Of Vulnerable Communities, He Examines The Effects Of Unfettered Capitalism, Mass Incarceration, And Political Power While Urging Us To Consider A New World In Which Everyone Has A Chance To Become Somebody Heralded As An Essential Text For Our Times, Marc Lamont Hill S Galvanizing Work Embodies The Best Traditions Of Scholarship, Journalism, And Storytelling To Lift Unheard Voices And To Address The Necessary Question, How Did We Get Here I liked this book, but it did not feel like an original contribution It was devastating and well written, but it felt a bit scattered It tried to cover so many recent events and their historic underpinnings. 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 theprominent cases of police misconduct and brutality With the publication of this book, Marc seems to be announcing his coming out and claiming space as a public intellectual to be taken serious The book is only 184 pages but serves as an adequate volley to staking his standing in that influential space The first chapter deals with the Ferguson, MO and the murder of Michael Brown, with a history of Ferguson and how given that history, the events leading to the murder of Brown can only be considered an inevitable clash Chapter two takes us to Balti, MD and the Freddie Gray case, with a brief look into the Sandra Bland traffic stop, that ultimately led to the loss of her life Ms Bland ending up in jail behind a failure to signal a lane change, still baffles the rational mind.So with each chapter, he uses a recent case to highlight the particular subject he wants to explore For example chapter four entitled Armed, uses the Jordan Davis murder and the tragic Trayvon Martin assassination to talk about the proliferation of guns in the society and the lack of sensible gun laws Funny, how in the lates sixties when Black groups were talking about arming themselves to combat police abuse, the conservatives and the NRA would have none of it I see no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons That was then CA governor Ronald Reagan in 1967 voicing his opinion In chapter five, Caged, Marc Hill looks at the prison industrial complex in America and the misapplication of justice Which has often meant Just Us Marc gives us an interesting, albeit brief history on how the ethic of punishment changed over time and has morphed into the horrible facilities that currently exist in America today.Overall it isn t a bad book, but next time out it would be helpful for Marc Hill to give us some solutions to these various issues that confront the Nobody A way forward from his perspective would have been helpful as a last chapter perhaps As one who remains sufficiently humbled by the power of words, I often wonder if others can approach a work such as this one with one perspective and have his her mind changed based on the information presented I hold out hope that this is a possibility for all fair minded people because ultimately a changed mind will lead to changing actions leading to an improved society where Nobody could one day become somebody and eventually representative of anybody. 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 evenringing 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 istroubling No matter how many politicians try optimistically to mask the fact, manufacturing, as we have long known it, is over For the disadvantaged, this means that the chance of being economically comfortable in one s lifetime is low, with an equally bleak forecast for future generations Trump, one of the 1%, tapped into this deep and well founded insecurity and played the LBJ card of If you can convince the lowest white man he s better than the best colored man, he won t notice you re picking his pocket Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he ll empty his pockets for you America s long history of racial divisiveness made this strategy a winner for him, and no doubt he ll be richer for it The tragedy is that instead of unifying those of us who are losing out from our current global economic model, it has pitted us against each other on racial and political lines America has never been kind to people who are different, and it has taken us centuries to begin to shift The problem is that we are still only beginning, something we lost sight of when Obama was elected As Hill put it Maybe now, with a Black man in the White House, the American Empire was finally prepared to enter its much desired post racial era, in which race would no longer be a central organizing feature of our social world As wrongheaded as the idea was then, it seems downright absurd today given the racial, cultural, and economic divides that continue to starkly define American life well into the twenty first century 25 26 We as people contain implicit biases that color our every interaction, unconscious judgements based on clothes, speech affects, skin color, etc These prejudices have been part of America since the beginning and are built into the foundation By pretending otherwise, we do a tremendous disservice to communities of color and make it ever impossible for us to make real change to a system that is only benefitting a few The biggest insight that I took from Nobody was that these systems which we live in, with their entrenched biases against people of color and the poor, are part of a dialogue that our country and its lawmakers have been having since its inception Nowhere is it writ that things have to be this way, but in order to change them we need to be honest with ourselves that we don t live in a land of equality Racism and classism are as alive and well, as they always have been, and only by acknowledging them can we begin re defining the systems that are so broken that a large part of our country elected a man with a personality disorder to save them Who is our government and our economy serving, who are law enforcement protecting, and are we willing to go along with it even if means that while we rest in comfort, others are suffering Make America Great Again is a stupid slogan because America has never been great, not for all of its citizens But we do have, as Americans, an optimism that we can continually make ourselves better, to be great We just need to re define what that means I m glad there are people like Marc Lamont Hill out there to galvanize us and make us question the way things are, because it is very easy to do nothing when you re not directly facing adversity. In Nobody, Marc Lamont Hill addresses what has been called disregard Understanding that hate is too blunt and charged a term, this might describe a mostly passive, inhumane disinterest for one s fellow humans and citizens In order to do this, you have to disregard their humanity mostly this takes the form of ignoring their plight, but at times it calls on its sufferers to doubt the pain they express or the innocence they claim, to assume the best of their tormentors even against the weight of evidence.That is the context in which MLH wants us to examine the horrifying string of modern day lynchings of black folks in the United States He inveighs against our wormy bromides self defense is only a concept for white people freedom means freedom from consequence for acting out on racist impulses broken windows, prosecutorial discretion, and stop and frisk are nominally neutral and rational policies that in practice allow cops, judges, and prosecutors to enforce a modern Jim Crow, etc and challenges us to care about the lives people like Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Sandra Bland led before they had their fatal run ins with law enforcement Chillingly, he asks us to ponder what their lives would have been like had they not lost their lives would they have ended up caged and undignified in the penal system, anyway Quarry for police and a begrudged burden for the government in their own country This book focuses on the list of names that have become all too familiar, and traces it from the Stepfordy 1950s, when people were perhaps too insulated from the poor and people of other races to really understand how bad it was for people of color, to the 1990s and 2000s, where whites across the political spectrum disbelieved or downplayed the suffering of black people, claiming they were exaggerating, or presuming as cognitive bias studies show is common that the darker person was the aggressor, to the present day, when we have videorecordings of everything from unarmed black people being gunned down in broad daylight to cops planting weapons on the body or not bothering to call for medical intervention when the life of a person of color is in mortal danger One would think that this would be enough for the doubting Thomases of the world, but it almost seems to have normalized these occurrences and exhausted their potential If you care about the people victimized in this way, you re exasperated that the hecatomb of black bodies is not enough, and if you don t really care about the people being victimized, then no amount of frothy racial animus or unnecessary violence will convince you that this is something our country not only tolerates but actively promotes. 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. 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 nowthan 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 impact the lives of the vulnerable Nobody is an impressive body of work For anyone who has ever found themselves saying, Why does everything have to be about race I don t get why people protest everyone is equal We all have the same rights I don t get why people can t pick themselves up by the bootstraps I never had a handout I don t get why Black Lives Matter is a thing, All Lives Matter It s discrimination I don t get why people just don t listen to the police and do as they re told, this book is for you I implore you to buy it or at least borrow it from your local library Expand your thought process because things are not as cut and dry as you may believe.There s a tidbit about our current president, Mitt Romney, and Rick Snyder The portion of the book in which they re mentioned focuses on capitalism, privatization, and businesspeople infiltrating the government I found this part fascinatingIn 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 motive will almost certainly lead to aefficient and orderly execution of tasks But it does not necessarily lead to equitable execution of tasks indeed, it quite naturally resists an equitable execution of tasks Further, by injecting moneymaking into the relationship between a citizen and basic services of life water, roads, electricity, and education privatization distorts the social contract People need to know that the decisions of the governments are being made with the common good as a priority Anything else is not government it is commerceAnnnnnnd end scene.5 stars. Not an easy book to read by any stretch of the imagination as it talks about how American society has in many ways both overtly and through state sponsored laws allowed Blacks, Latinos, the poor, the mentally I ll and the LGBTQ community to become throw away people But an important book about racial, social and economic injustice and the ways that we can combat these inequalities. 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 book not only digs deep into the longstanding societal and procedural issues behind recent police shootings but it also perfectly captures the emotions that many African Americans felt each time we heard of someone dying But there were many who said, There is no way that a police officer would ever shoot somebody in the back six, seven or eight times But like Thomas, when we were able to see the video, and we were able to see the gun shots, and when we saw him fall to the ground, and when we saw the police officer come and handcuff him on the ground, without even trying to resuscitate him, without even seeing if he was really alive, without calling an ambulance, without calling for help, and to see him die face down in the ground as if he were gunned down like game, I believe we all were like Thomas, and said, I believe Marc has been one of my most favorite journalists to watch on television, but I now have a new found respect for him after reading this book If you are looking for a book that includes thought provoking analysis into how we got to this point in our country then this is the book for you Nobody is painful, exhausting, and yet quite brilliant If you are a fan of Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates and or The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander then you should definitely add Nobody Casualties of America s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill to your list to read I read this book to kick off my black history month TBR And wow, this book packs a punch Though it s only been a few years since many of the horrible, news covered murders of people such as Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin, this book serves as a serious reminder as to why people are angry and why we still need to be angry Hill analyzes the justice system, defenses, prosecutions, personal history, and laws surrounding each case He deconstructs biases and offers insight as to how the general public learned to view such cases and how the general public came to recognize such victims as iconic for marches and movements, how these victims became sloganized Not only that, but with many cases he delves into state history, such as the history of some states which still have capital punishment, who have slowly formed the Stand Your Ground laws, and whose cities were once booming places of economics only to today become considered as the ghetto or slums He argues such a sensitive topic in a truly poignant way that educates and informs while not making any judgements towards his audience Thanks to this book, I have a much better knowledge as to the politics surrounding many of the cases he highlights, and I also learned about many other, less publicized cases Not only that, but he reminded me why it is that I was angry just a few years ago and why I still need to be just as angry and indignant This is a necessary book to read, and it s a book that you will not regret reading.Review cross listed here