Distinguished attorney Ben Crump, who’s represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Botham Jean and more, just released one of the important books of the year ☛OPEN SEASON: LEGALIZED GENOCIDE OF COLORED [pub: Amistad]. Check out his interview with NPR yesterday. Though, I must say the interviewer questioning the use of the word “genocide” drove me bonkers, I never tire of Attorney Crump’s eloquence and advocacy for justice.
There are many ways to kill a person, as we demonstrate in this book…
And, you know, it’s one thing to kill us with bullets. I think it’s even more horrific to kill a person, and they die a little every day because of the circumstances that you have made them live under. Think of the wrongfully convicted people in America and the death row statistics and how they correlate based on ratio dynamics.
Per Harper Collins:
Genocide—the intent to destroy in whole or in part, a group of people.
As seen on CBS This Morning, award-winning attorney Ben Crump exposes a heinous truth in Open Season: Whether with a bullet or a lengthy prison sentence, America is killing black people and justifying it legally. While some deaths make headlines, most are personal tragedies suffered within families and communities. Worse, these killings are done one person at a time, so as not to raise alarm. While it is much more difficult to justify killing many people at once, in dramatic fashion, the result is the same—genocide.
Taking on such high-profile cases as Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and a host of others, Crump witnessed the disparities within the American legal system firsthand and learned it is dangerous to be a black man in America—and that the justice system indeed only protects wealthy white men.
In this enlightening and enthralling work, he shows that there is a persistent, prevailing, and destructive mindset regarding colored people that is rooted in our history as a slaveowning nation. This biased attitude has given rise to mass incarceration, voter disenfranchisement, unequal educational opportunities, disparate health care practices, job and housing discrimination, police brutality, and an unequal justice system. And all mask the silent and ongoing systematic killing of people of color.
Open Season is more than Crump’s incredible mission to preserve justice, it is a call to action for Americans to begin living up to the promise to protect the rights of its citizens equally and without question.