Kendrick Johnson and the Black Grievance Industry

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What is the Black Grievance Industry or, as its proponents affectionately call it, the BGI? It’s nothing. It’s a phantom that arises from the mindset of Bigoted Gawdawful Ignorance. It’s a Bogus Gross Infamy created by whiny cretins who want to silence anyone who doesn’t fall in line with their racist agenda.

The so-called BGI is a non-existent entity invented by white supremacists who want to end the careers of influential black attorneys and ensure that people of color can continue to be killed with impunity.

Believing that Kendrick Johnson was murdered, and that the crime was covered up, his parents filed a $100 million lawsuit against 38 parties – three students, the father (who happens to be an FBI agent) of two of those students, the school superintendent, the medical examiner, the crime lab, the city, the police chief, and several other law enforcement figures both local and state, up to and including the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The Johnsons and their legal advisors are going up against some powerful individuals and institutions with the accusation that they “deliberately and maliciously mishandled the subject investigation in such a way that anyone who might ever be charged with Kendrick’s death would never be convicted.”

It’s pretty obvious by now that no one ever will be convicted. And a crew of halfwits are complaining because KJ’s parents are suing for financial reward. What else could they do? This is America, where the largest religious denomination is the cult that worships money above all else. Diamond ring advertisements tell a man that his fiancee is “worth two months’ salary.” Cash is the bottom line, always. We measure the importance of everything by its market value. It’s the only standard that most Americans relate to.

Quit Bitching about the Damn Lawsuit

Last year a satire website claimed that a teenage girl was suing Instagram, which had posted an unflattering picture of her that was picked up and used for memes. The silly spoof gained enough traction to be taken seriously by many people, including educated professional magazine editors who were unfazed by the concept of a $500 million lawsuit. Compared to that, the mere $100 million sought by the Johnsons is a negligible amount.

Probably even the Johnsons realize that their civil case will generate no income. But the morons who posit the existence of a “Black Grievance Industry” are in the throes of a hissy fit, acting like it’s a foregone conclusion that the family will actually profit from the lawsuit – which is, let’s face it, unlikely.

But in this mercenary society, suing for money is the only way to guarantee media coverage and draw national attention to the extremely sketchy circumstances and dubious investigation of a black teenager’s death. Talk of big money attracts eyes and ears, and that’s what the Kendrick Johnson story needs.

Compare and Contrast

Take a look at a case whose settlement made recent news. Kelly Thomas, a white man, was notoriously murdered by a gang of thugs in uniform. All the police officers who killed him were acquitted. In civil lawsuits charging wrongful death, his parents were awarded $5 million, to be paid by the taxpayers, not by the cops who killed Thomas or the restaurant employee who bore false witness against him.

White people win legal battles for compensation all the time, but not a word has been uttered about any White Grievance Industry. A jury decided that OJ Simpson (black) should pay $33.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the families of his (white) victims. You’d think that the critics who so keenly detect a BGI conspiracy would have noticed that huge WGI conspiracy. Fair’s fair, after all. But no. When the shoe was on the other foot, there was no indignant outcry.

And by the way, even when families win civil suits, what the public perceives as a pot of gold often does not materialize. As of mid-2014, 20 years after Simpson killed his wife and Ron Goldman, the money was still uncollected and the amount had, with interest, grown immensely – but it doesn’t matter because it will never be paid. The Goldman family collected less than 1% of the total owed – not even enough to pay their lawyers.

Yet the ridiculous BGI morons piss and moan as if Kendrick Johnson’s family not only will get, but has already gotten, some kind of enormous payoff. To use one of their own favorite trollish acronyms, BGI conspiracy theorists need to STFU.



This story, about Dontrell Stephens, a young black man who was shot and partially paralyzed by a cop, is a perfect example of how the system works – it  doesn’t work.

There’s a flashy $23 million headline that gets the BGI meatheads all riled up, and the victim still winds up with nothing. Here’s the important part:don't read



About Pat Hartman

Before publishing the two books "Call Someplace Paradise" and "Ghost Town: A Venice California Life", my main project was "Salon: A Journal of Aesthetics. " I wrote extensively for "Scene," a monthly arts and entertainment magazine with a circulation of 25,000. Also proofread, sold ads, put together the music calendar and, for a couple of years, served as editor. Presided over a couple issues of the local NORML newsletter, as well as being featured speaker at chapter meetings. Wrote a complete screenplay; collaborated on another one; worked on a couple of scripts (additional dialog and general brainstorming) with an indie film producer. Booked the talent for a large music festival. Wrote, designed, illustrated and produced various catalogs and brochures for small businesses. Spoke at a high school as a panelist on Women in the Professions; was a featured speaker at the 1991 Women in Libertarianism Conference; presented public programs on "Success in One Lesson" and "The Bloomsbury Group: What's It To Us?" Created the website and wrote many politically-oriented pieces for
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