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The crime without a name, ethnocide and the erasure of culture in America, Barrett Holmes Pitner - hardcover

"In this incisive blend of personal narrative and deep philosophical and linguistic inquiry, journalist, filmmaker, and activist Barrett Holmes Pitner identifies a linguistic void in how we discuss race and culture in the United States. "Ethnocide," first coined in 1944 by Jewish exile Raphael Lemkin (who also coined the term genocide), describes the systemic erasure of a people's ancestral culture. Dating back to the cross-Atlantic slave trade and reaching new resonance under Donald Trump, Black Americans have endured this atrocity for generations. The Crime Without a Name guides readers through the historical origins of ethnocide in the United States, while examining the personal, lived consequences of existing within an ongoing erasure. Just as the concept of genocide radically reshaped our perception of human rights in the 20th century, reframing our discussions about race and culture in terms of ethnocide can change the way we think about our diverse and rapidly evolving racial and political climate in a time of increased visibility around police brutality and systemic racism, as well as the significance and necessity of the Black vote in American politics"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Discovering ethnocide -- Polderen and cultivating culture -- Waiting for lucky -- Destroying existence -- Bad faith and the façade of freedom -- The dialectic of geistmord -- The banality of American evil -- Cultural vulgarity & destroying dignity -- The language of American fascism -- The narrative of the ethnocidee -- Better than utopia -- Cultivating empathy -- Emancipation & creating culture -- A sustainable good place
Literary Form
non fiction
First hardcover edition.
Physical Description
327 pages, 24 cm

Library Locations

  • Rockport Public Library

    17 School Street, Rockport, MA, 01966, US