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The Crime Without a Name by Barrett Holmes Pitner
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The Crime Without a Name

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The Crime Without a Name by Barrett Holmes Pitner
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Oct 12, 2021 | ISBN 9781640094840

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An NPR Best Book of the Year

“Pitner’s insightful, entirely original argument provides a fascinating new way to understand American national culture and to reclaim identities suppressed by ethnocide.” —Booklist

“This heavily researched book shimmers with creativity and intelligence, expertly balancing realism, optimism, and honesty . . . [A] well-argued, deeply felt treatise on the links among language, racism, and redemption.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Journalist and philosopher Pitner debuts with an erudite . . . look at how systemic racism imperils Black and Indigenous cultures in the U.S. . . . Mixing philosophy, politics, and memoir, Pitner discusses Marxist and Hegelian dialectics, the ‘ethnocidal terror’ faced by his Gullah Geechee ancestors in South Carolina, and the links between modern-day gun culture in the U.S. and the legacy of slavery . . . [An] incisive examination of the forces of inequality.” —Publishers Weekly

“As a work of philosophy, clear-eyed journalism, and a deft understanding of history, The Crime Without A Name provides us with a nuanced paradigm to better understand the United States, to live up to values we so love to espouse, and to wrestle with the hereditary sin of systemic racism. This journey into existentialism as humanity is empathetic, exact, and gorgeous. I love this book.” —RJ Young, author of Let it Bang: A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey into Guns

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