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Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  363 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Genocide—the intent to destroy in whole or in part, a group of people.

In Open Season, award-winning attorney Ben Crump exposes a heinous truth: 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 kil
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Amistad
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Natalie Jackson
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recommend Open Season for anyone who really wants to know what the cry "Black Lives Matter" is all about. This book is a detailed narration of, not just past racial injustices in the justice system, but of the current injustices in the headlines today. Open Season is an important chronicle of the state of POC and poor whites in the American Justice system. After listening to this book, I'm convinced more than ever that the word "genocide" is not an overstatement or exaggeration when it comes t ...more
Attorney Ben Crump exposes the monstrous reality about racial and discriminatory genocide. This is a must read for those who need a further understanding of how systemic racism/discrimination has brutalized the BIPOC community for countless years and where we all stand today.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ownvoices, poc, nonfic, 5-star
Breaks down the way systematic racism in the U - especially its legal system - works in an extremely concise, well-written, and accessible manner. If you're from the USA, this should be required reading for you. ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such an important read! Ben Crump is extremely thorough and goes through many cases that both he himself has represented as well as others that show the continued systematic oppression of Black and brown individuals. I highly recommend as both an educational resource and to get you fired up when it's put right in front of your face that this fight is far from over.

My one star knock is due to some editing issues. There were a couple paragraphs repeated word for word as well as quite a few words d
Tiff (fictionaltiff)
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“The Constitution and Bill of Rights provide the backbone of American greatness, but we still have to recognize and root out fundamentally racist beliefs and discriminatory laws that have contaminated and corrupted American greatness from our nation’s birth.”
Ben Crump’s Open Season is a perfect starting point for those who want a better understanding of systemic racism and the specific ways Black people are still experiencing racism in America on a daily basis. Attorney Ben Crump, the attorney w
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
An informative read/good introduction to what people of color have been saying for, like, ever, and why we've been saying these things. The book had more grammatical–or just not-proofreeding–errors which were saddening and a little upsetting. Also, Crump says that he thinks the US's legal system is one of the best in the world and that the US is a great country but doesn't offer any justification, so the statements feel like they were written to appease someone else and not the truest sentiments ...more
Traci at The Stacks
Really string overview of the many kinds of racism Black people face in America. Crump lays out his thesis and uses a ton of examples to drive the points home. Not a lot of this book felt new to me, but a refresher is always nice. The cases he uses as examples are the standouts in the book.

I listened in audio and the narrator is very solid.
Mat Wuebben
Definitely had solid content that gave me plenty to think about as a White man. I rated this three stars due to its constant jumping from story to story without transitions or lead-ins. The reading structure in this regard made it difficult to follow the thread of what the main point was.
Jen Corona
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ben Crump masterfully intertwines narratives with statistics. A must read for anyone interested in systemic racism.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Ben Crump is the attorney representing the Blake family, along with the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. He has previously represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

Crump combines American history and current events to make his case that America has legalized the genocide of people of color. Heart-wrenching topics include: the preschool to prison pipeline, voter suppression, redlining, the Tulsa race massacre, environmental racism, to name a few. T
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
FABULOUS! informative, heart wrenching, yet hopeful.
Things WE each can do:
"1. admit the problem
2. call out injustice
3. hold the powerful accountable
4. share information
5. change focus from criminal justice reform to criminal justice transformed
6. see that our communities are represented in the structures governing them
7. rethink incarceration
8. change the mission of policing
9. amend 'stand your ground'
10. end voter suppression
11. end environmental racism
12. make access to critical financial su
Christy Martinez Quintana
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
This book was such an eye opener. Ben Crump talks about genocide happening to the browns and blacks in America. Crump brings to light all the injustices in police brutality, the innocent, lending, education, etc. etc. I would welcome all my friends to read this book. Educate yourself. When you know better you do better!
Christy Rand
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Packed full of evidence of severe systemic racism in America. This book is a glaring look at racism in every aspect of our society. Sometimes hard to stomach how bad things really are, but that's the point. He proved his case. Let's do something about it. ...more
Resources after the review.

This book is strengthening the call of genocide of People of Color at the hands of the American government and justice system.

What shocked me, outside of being a non American with little to no social media and thus only mildly aware of America being unfair and racist toward everyone non white and the much "bigger" slavery history focused in this "experiment of a new country", was that in 2014 a black man was killed (on camera) by police as they kept up a chokehold (wh
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Required reading!
Csimplot Simplot
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Scott Martin
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A warning. I would not recommend reading this book before going to be, as it will anger you enough to disrupt your sleep patterns, which is perhaps the point. Written by a long time African American attorney, this work takes perhaps the darkest take I have ever read about the American legal and political system, especially when it comes to treatment of African Americans. From the police/legal system to environmental considerations, African Americans (and other non-white minorities within the cou ...more
David Baer
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Infuriating. That's my reaction to the book, not the tone of the book.

Crump's writing is trenchant and yet not polemical - he consistently takes a high moral tone:
"America isn't a story of them, it's a story of us. It's who we are."
Well I am certainly comfortable with that. Given the litany of injustice documented in the book, including some directly personal experiences, it's remarkable that Crump is.

I am much more personally familiar with white complacency and the softer forms of racism, than
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book.

Ben Crump was the attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family, for Michael Brown’s family. He’s currently the attorney for George Floyd’s family & Jacob Blake’s family.

He has seen some fucking shit.

Have you heard of Howard Morgan, a 53-year old Black off-duty cop who was shot by white policemen for HAVING HIS HEADLIGHTS OFF? What about Victor White III, a Black man who allegedly committed suicide while in HANDCUFFS in the back of a police car? Or Barbara Dawson, a Black woman who died in a ho
I'll start with the disclaimer that I don't really rate non-fiction books, because I feel weird about rating and reviewing facts. So this review will mainly be based on writing and how well it brings its message across. When it comes to the facts and statistics, I have no other qualifications than 1) some of them I've heard before and 2) the rest does (unfortunately) sound like they're right as well. I say unfortunately as it all surrounds rather depressing statistics and facts around racism and ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by a friend who is an African American female in her early 70's. She sent it to me while the riots were still going on in various cities around the country. BLM, Antifa, and the Cancel movement were in full stride. Because of this, our conversations became strained. I wanted to understand my friend's view better but was struggling. She loved me enough and knew my heart enough to share this book signed by the author with me. The note said, "So you might understand me better. ...more
Carrie Mills
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is meticulously researched. Each chapter is filled with lived examples of the legalized genocide of people of color in the United States - and for each topic, he pulls in examples that explore the inequity from every angle, painting the unsettling picture of how speaking out against the ongoing injustices still lands people in terrible situations. This is an incredibly powerful read that's difficult to get through, but critically important. Others noted that there are not considerable ...more
Tangled in Text
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My husband got to hear Ben speak at his company's diversity training workshop last month and absolutely loved his message, so much so that we reserved his book at the library the next day.

We listened to this book over a long road trip and had to pause it multiple times because we couldn't help but discuss certain topics. Crump started off citing cases. He both explains how they were handled poorly then compares them to others that involved different races to show how significantly race plays a f
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this book Crump, a civil rights attorney, posits that people of color, primarily blacks are being literally, and symbolically killed off by an unjust legal, educational and governmental system. He absolutely proves that theory.

This was an incredibly sad and frustrating book to read. Crump touches on everything from voter suppression to wrongful incarceration to the school to prison pipeline which starts as early as pre-school.

This has been compared to "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson and I thi
Kirk Astroth
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A incredible read rife with examples of police violence against unarmed Blacks that will make you cry for America. Where have we been going? Crump observes that the policeman’s bullet has replaced the lyncher’s noise. “As of March 2019, the incarceration rate in the US was 698 prisoners per 100,000 residents. Although the US is only 5 percent of the world population, it incarcerates 2.3 million people, which is 25 percent of the world’s total prison population. That is more people than any other ...more
J Katz
Ben Crump needed a better editor. Typos like the same sentence twice in a paragraph and saying San Francisco is east of Richmond when it is really southwest. That said the content is really compelling and shocking. Sure I had heard almost all of it before over the years but his thesis that there is a genocide of Black people really pushes the problems forward. No isolated events that are just too bad and could be solved if we trained police better, improved economic status, no, this is about a s ...more
Nashwa S
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Ben Crump, the author of this book is an attorney and now presenting George Floyd’s family in court. And this book was eye-opening and extremely engaging. Crump tells us case by case why the killing of black people in the US is a modern day genocide. Just because they’re not being killed in large numbers, it doesn’t mean it’s less of a genocide. He talks about all the ways the system is designed to protect white people and criminalise black people. There are so many examples in this book where w ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it

This book is an overview of systemic racism in the US. What I did really like was that emphasis on systemic/institutional racism (ie racism isn't just interpersonal or even mostly interpersonal, it's taking place on a much larger scale). But ultimately I was really disappointed in this book. I agree with a lot of his conclusions, but this felt like I was reading just a rough draft and not a finished book. Some chapters were far more developed than others, transitions were odd and inconsistent
Jax Spanishnombre
Dec 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book had much hype from this well known trial attorney and there is no other way to describe it other and a missed opportunity to truly express and explain the issues our criminal justice system has created. The book itself is scattered with typos such at "hte" instead of "the" and so on and so forth which just showed a disregard of care to the reader. But more importantly this book misses the opportunity of making great arguments that need to be made and instead act as a gas lighting novel ...more
Mark Mcconnell
May 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book is completely absorbed by its title accusation.

Black people are the target of legalized genocide, literally hunted by police and preyed upon by white society and by their government beginning with the constitution, motivated by the aim to destroy blacks, cheating them, crushing their hope and poisoning them and by any other means necessary to destroy them. Why? Because this is a white country. Colored people can't make it here because they don't really belong here and nothing that's e
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