On July 13, 2015, my day started out routinely as it always does. Later in the day, I, like many of you, learned of the story of Sandra Bland. Apparently, she was found hanged in her cell, 3 days after being arrested for a routine traffic stop.
Sandra lived in Chicago with her family, and she traveled to Waller, Texas to get a job at her Alma mater, Prairie View. Where she graduated in May of 2009. She was hired to work at the school’s agricultural department and was elated, according to her sister.
Months earlier, she posted on Facebook that she suffered from depression and post traumatic stress disorder. Her family said that they didn’t notice any despair in her demeanor of late at the time of this incident.
“At about 4:30 p.m. on July 10, Bland was driving a silver Hyundai Azera south through Waller County on FM 1098, near Prairie View A&M, when a state trooper, Brian Encinia, pulled her over for said was for failing to signal a lane change.”
And that’s where this story hangs.
From the start, I was suspicious.
The video that has been released of the arrest, Bland’s voice can be heard very clearly. She protests how she was treated and tells the officer arresting her that she can’t wait until this goes to court.
Over the next couple of days, Bland called her family, asking for help to raise money for the $5,000 bail. She told them that she thought her shoulder and arm may be broken. The last time she was seen alive, was around 7:00 a.m. on July 13, 2015.
Waller County authorities have asked for the Texas Rangers and FBI to help investigate what happened. Bland’s family has asked for an independent autopsy.
Here is yet another case involving the death of an African American–now a woman, who has ended up dead, for a simple traffic incident. She joins, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and so many more, who ended up tragedies for mundane reasons.
There’s no excuse for it.
As an African American woman, I’m not going to tolerate Black women being violated and murdered by white males. Even the hint of that makes me want to hunt down some M’fuckas to kill them swiftly.
We are not animals!
I don’t know what happened to Sandra Bland. But I’m using my blog to spread her story–as well, as to DEMAND JUSTICE for her life.
She could have been somebody, but now, we’ll never know.