Sandra Bland was an Afro-American woman who was found dead in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015. She was unconstitutionally detained three days prior. Bland was 28 years old when she died, and had been a critic of police brutality in the United States. Bland had been pulled over for a minor traffic violation on July 10, by Texas state trooper Brian Encinia.
There’s more than enough things about her
murder death that really gets under my skin. First and foremost, if you are pulled over by a police officer for a traffic violation and they give you your ticket, there’s no further reason for that police officer to keep you there. If you are not being detained, you can go. In Sandra Bland’s case the police officer actually REQUESTED for her to put out her cigarette — after giving her a ticket — for no reason at all. Afterward, this “officer of the law” threatened the life of the woman, and proceeded to drag her out of view of his own dash cam. To the civilized mind, this would be deemed suspicious, but from some strange reason only black people — which is roughly 13% of the population, find fault with this. In fact it’s even less than that, because there’s too many black people who are delusional enough to allow and support such unprofessional and largely unconstitutional behavior from law enforcement.
Let’s not forget that this was a cop’s interaction with a woman, a female. Needless to say, there’s no way in the world this would have happened to a white woman. Had Sandra Bland looked like Taylor Swift, this cop would have never racially profiled her. At all. Even if a white Sandra Bland was detained in a jail cell, she wouldn’t have been “suicided” in a prison cell. And even if a white Sandra Bland did get killed, there would have been a huge outcry for police accountability. This didn’t happen. Why? Because Sandra Bland was a black woman in America, and despite the fact that she was a woman, they, the system saw her as a black person first and decided from there.
The thing that pains me the most is the fact that Sandra Bland was an activist. Technically, she was a socio-political activist, and that is evident when you get to know her background. This is the reason why she was visibly upset with the unprofessional, unconstitutional stopping, and detainment of her by this cop. So in the end, the totalitarian police officer hated how she very much legally expressed herself, and decided to use his Americanized demi-god like law enforcement powers to inflict harm upon her. To the cop, much like to most of white society, her silence and acceptance of 2nd class citizenship equal peace. Peace would actually be equal justice in the eye of the law, something black people NEVER seen in America, ever.
Sandra Bland was one of us. Sandra Bland was one of the aware ones. She was a hypothetical Onyx Truth writer. She was a hypothetical Malcolm X or Martin Luther King. She wasn’t allowed to exist. Why? Because America loathes the concept of Afro-Americans having an affinity for fighting for our rights to justice.
This can’t go on like this.