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Beware the Black Grievance Industry cashing in on Ferguson

Written By | Aug 15, 2014

OCALA, Fla., August 15, 2014 — People are angry about Michael Brown’s death.

The black eighteen-year-old was shot by police in the working class St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Saturday afternoon. He was unarmed, and according to police, attempting to grab an officer’s pistol. Ever since this took place, our already fractious national debate over race relations has been kicked into high gear.

This has allowed some familiar faces from last year’s Trayvon Martin nightmare to resurface.

Brown’s relatives have hired Benjamin Crump, the high-profile lawyer retained by the Martin family. Al Sharpton has made an appearance to advocate for his own vision of justice. The New Black Panther Party is causing problems so serious that FBI officials took notice. President Barack Obama made a public statement about Brown, and then another regarding conditions in Ferguson. The Department of Justice is conducting a civil rights investigation.

Let’s all be thankful that George Zimmerman isn’t up to much of anything.

Now is the perfect time to take notice of the Black Grievance Industry — before its operatives manage to spin Brown’s demise into a business opportunity.

“The “BGI”, or Black Grievance Industry is an acronym developed to better explain the groups or affiliations who derive their sense of existence around race-based enterprises,” Sundance, who writes for The Conservative Tree House, a widely-read blog which featured detailed coverage of the Martin shooting’s aftermath, told me last year. “These are professional exploiters of skin color.

“The entire construct of their purpose and reason for existence is framed around skin color.  Hence color defines not only their ideology, but also their associations.  They are, in a general sense, perpetually aggrieved.

“While there are many local and national advocacy groups who could be considered ‘perpetually aggrieved’, the BGI is one of the best known entities because of the duration of exploitive enterprise.

“Everything surrounding the activity amid the BGI is race-based.

“Non-blacks are accustomed by indoctrinated training, by social pressure and by political correctness, to avoid pointing out the hypocrisy behind most, if not all, of the key BGI positions.”

Sundance maintained that “(i)nitially, the BGI was compromised of ‘civil rights’ leaders. The evolution away from civil rights and toward black only rights created a change in the central dynamic of advocacy.
“While Martin Luther King found himself aligned with any group or entity who was similarly fighting for equality, the modern BGI actually attack any other entity who would elbow into their place at the professionally aggrieved trough.   The BGI believe some are more equal than others.

“The professional leadership within the BGI view alignment as risk; and while they may at times join hands with other interests, as soon as those interests present dilution of black messaging, they are dispatched quickly.  Remember, everything is about skin color.  Nothing else matters – just skin color.

“Any alignment may also pose a risk to the financial stakes of the aggrieved.  The fiduciary pie, and the potential for division, is a closely guarded point of concern. This is particularly noted in the decision-making  from the primary partners in the Industrial BGI Complex:  The NAACP, The Congressional Black Caucus, Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition, Al Sharpton’s NAN, etc.

“The structural activities that form new construction, or cornerstones, of all BGI activity stem from, and are approved by, these central components of leadership – they are the approvers of all Professional BGI engagements.”

According to Sundance, the primary motivation for the group is financial gain.

He elaborated: “The second motivation, and all subsequent motivations, which might be sequentially listed, are to protect the first.

“Whether through redistributive enterprises such as Pigford I, and II, or through wrongful death exploitations like Martin Lee Anderson, and Trayvon Martin, all other considerations are run though the pre-filter question of: ‘does this produce a financial award’? If the answer is no, then no further engagement is taken.

“No-one has ever been able to encapsulate an engagement by the modern BGI, or professional BGI, where altruism trumps the financial considerations.   If there is no way to make money – then nothing is done.”


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Joseph Cotto

Joseph Cotto is a nationally syndicated columnist. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he wrote for The Washington Times Communities and Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications.