Benjamin Crump and others reportedly exploiting Trayvon Martin's death

The trail of monetary gain from the Martin shooting allegedly leads to some very troubling places. Photo: YouTube

FLORIDA, July 8, 2013 — The shooting of Trayvon Martin has generated a great deal of attention and polarization. Much of this can be chalked up to a controversial group of activists, no small number of whom are quite powerful.

Some refer to said group as the “Black Grievance Industry” as most of its members are African-American.

Sundance, who writes for The Conservative Tree House, a widely-read blog which features extremely detailed coverage of the Martin shooting’s aftermath, has much to say about the group.

“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,” he says, “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.


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“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 maintains 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 elaborates: “[Money] is the primary motivation behind all of the BGI activity. 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.” 

So, how did the group first become involved with the Trayvon Martin shooting’s aftermath?

Sundance remarks that “(t)his is a complex question to answer and begins to get to the heart of the Trayvon issues”, noting a lengthy report which TCTH published last year. 

He mentions that “(t)he short version is, the former junior-partners within the Florida BGI, Daryl Parks and Benjamin Crump, on the heels of a previous exploitation victory (Martin Lee Anderson), and with a historical victory from a political class willing to advance their payoff against the backdrop of a pending election, they saw an opportunity to win wrongful death awards from:  George Zimmerman, The Homeowners Association at the Sub-Division, The Police Department, and potentially the State of Florida. 

“However, in their zeal and arrogance, this time they did not fully vet their victim. As a consequence of their rush they overlooked the framework of their scheme; and built it upon a series of easily proven false premises.”

In the shooting’s wake, what sort of role did the group play in attracting media attention?

“On Tuesday February 28th after meeting with lead detective Serino, Tracy Martin contacted Benjamin Crump, from the law firm Parks and Crump,” Sundance explains. “In turn Crump hired Sanford attorney Natalie Jackson. Subsequently by Monday March 5th, two days after Trayvon was laid to rest, a specific and intentional strategy to manufacture “media evidence” was apparently created by Benjamin Crump and Natalie Jackson, presented and then sold by the newly hired Publicist Ryan Julison. They began a systematic campaign of optical control.

“First, they created the outline of their victim ‘Trayvon Martin’. The goal in this phase was to portray a personality, and to construct a public image of Trayvon Martin to sell to the media. They needed to create the “hook” for interest. The construct need not be real, indeed the outcome was far from the truth, it just needed to be the most marketable for the purpose of “brand imagery”.

“They even went so far as to trademark the brand they were creating.  Control was the key element, as they set about their sales pitches and storylines. Everything stemming after that March 5th date was an outcome of their intentional desire to control the narrative and formulate the construct of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.

“Within 3 days of Trayvon Martin’s death his family hired a media consulting firm. Within two weeks of Trayvon Martin’s death his mother, Sybrina Fulton, filed legal documents to trademark his name. Subsequently Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton set out on a cross country tour to collect money.  After the coast to coast tour, they took the scheme international and headed to Europe to continue exploiting the financial opportunity.”

Judging from Sundance’s research, was the group’s portrayal of Trayvon Martin generally fact-based? 

“Not even close,” he asserts.  

“Accepting the fact that we now know Trayvon Martin was diverted from the criminal justice system by school police officers falsifying records and intentionally trying to keep him away from consequences for his actions - the Skittles narrative was pure spin. 100% totally false. 

“When I say 100% false, I intend to mean nothing about how they described Trayvon was accurate. And they had a specific intention to hide the truth about what Trayvon Martin was all about.  

“It was a modern well-scripted Hollywoodesque fabrication.” 

It does seem that the “Black Grievance Industry” is capable of almost everything short of moving mountains. While it appears clear as to how the group managed Martin’s image, along with his family’s legal issues, how would George Zimmerman ultimately be dealt with?

There is an answer for that, though it very well might leave some with more questions than they had beforehand. 


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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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