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open season


“Benjamin Crump’s work – his research, his voice, his fight – is paramount to the black community. Open Season must occupy a dominant place in the classroom, in libraries, in the workplace, in police training programs. Crump’s masterful voice and expertise of America’s corrupt power structures will alter the hierarchy by which we dangerously abide.”  

– Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and New York Times bestselling author of "When They Call You a Terrorist"




“Ben Crump offers a deft and unflinching expose on America’s treatment of people of color. He charges America to live up to its status as the great 'melting pot' by protecting and serving all of its citizens. His passionate voice lifts the true stories of wronged Americans off of the page and emblazoned them onto our hearts. A mouth-gaping read from one of the most steadfast champions for justice of our time.”  

 –Kenya Barris, creator of Black-ish





"Ben Crump is a warrior on the front lines of the war for social justice.  These notes from the legal battlefield of civil rights pushes us beyond lazy presumptions of where we are as a society to the hard truths of what we have achieved and how far we still have to go.”  

– Reginald Hudlin, Writer, Director, and Producer



“Attorney Ben Crump, who has represented the families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and more, argues in Open Season that there is a genocide happening in America. He breaks down several memorable cases of unarmed black men being killed to expose injustices in the country’s judicial system, explaining that persistent racism is leading to more people dying — and fewer people noticing.”   

-Time's Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019





“Civil rights attorney Crump, who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, delivers a forceful debut exposé of America’s 'legalized system of discrimination.' Defining 'colored people' as 'Black and brown people, and people who are colored by their sexual preference, religious beliefs, or gender,' Crump contends that 'what transpires between the United States judicial system and this country’s colored people' is nothing less than genocide—the intentional effort 'to destroy, in whole or in part, a people.' As evidence, Crump documents the destructive effects of racial profiling, mass incarceration, stand-your-ground laws, voter disenfranchisement, and disparate educational opportunities afforded to white and minority students. He catalogues high-profile police killings of African-American men, including Michael Brown, and places the 2014 water crisis in Flint, Mich., in the context of the 'multigenerational killing' caused by 'environmental racism.' He notes, among other statistics, that 'more than half of all Americans who live within 1.86 miles of a toxic waste site are Black or brown.' Despite his outrage, Crump believes in the power of the U.S. Constitution to end racial injustice, and offers 12 'personal action steps' readers can take to fight racism. Progressives will welcome Crump’s alarming yet credible account.”

 – Publishers Weekly





"An accomplished civil rights attorney and former president of the National Bar Association exposes subtle, systemic genocide in America. Crump assails the criminal justice system in the United States as one designed for white, wealthy men: All others are on their own. 'This book,' he writes, 'featuring many of the cases I have worked on, reveals the systematic legalization of discrimination in the United States, and particularly how it can lead to genocide—the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a people.' This book particularly addresses genocide as it relates to colored people.” It’s vital, writes the author, to understanding the terms involved as well as how those terms have been manipulated over time. First, the concept of race does not have a biological or genetic basis. It began in the 15th century as Europe sought to justify enslaving, murdering, and stealing the lands of Indigenous people. When left unchecked, racism, the assertion of superiority in order to discriminate, is a tool of genocide. There are also institutional racism and environmental racism, demonstrated in the plight of citizens enduring poisonous water in Flint, Michigan, as well as legal slavery in our prisons, people innocently killed in police custody or on the street under 'stand your ground' laws. Crump consistently condemns the courts’ failures, demonstrating how policing is unequal and disproportionate; as he notes, people of color are far more likely to go to jail for misdemeanors than white people. The Supreme Court has a long pattern of intellectual justification of discrimination and has relied on the concept of states’ rights to throw out cases. Though Jim Crow laws were overturned in the 1960s, new laws quickly replaced them, laws that may be less obvious but still result in voter suppression. Crump rightly warns readers to ignore talk of voter fraud; it’s a myth used to justify restrictive laws. Many readers will be justifiably infuriated by the author’s well-documented findings; hopefully, they will also choose to follow his 12 'personal action steps' to combat systemic racism. There is much more to inequality and discrimination than we know, and Crump will open your eyes. Pay attention.”   

–Kirkus Review






“From the president of the National Bar Association comes this deeply disturbing account of how the justice system is used to maintain a system of inequality and justify the murder of black Americans.” 

- 50 Of The Best Books To Read This Fall

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