What do we want? JUSTICE! When do we want it? NOW! I stand for Sandra Bland! I am! I am! As the crowd chanted!
Today Hundreds of mourners gathered in Chicago for Sandra Bland. Earlier this week in New York many stood in Union Square for Sandra Bland. Ms. Bland was a social activist and it is believed that her death in a Texas jail was no suicide. Sandra Bland was 28 at the time of her death. Now before her death in police custody, she was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. Sandra Bland was a “Freedom-Fighter” who posted insights about Blacks being ill-treated in America. “Being a black person in America is very, very hard,” she said in a video posted in April.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “A man can’t ride your back unless it is bent.” But, it appears as though it is hard for Black and Brown people to straighten their back because of the price to be paid. Black history appears to be a curse and continues to repeat itself.
There was a time when Blacks were lynched, photos were taken as a memorial, and there were no convictions. Now, Blacks are lynched, photos and videos are taken, and there are still no convictions.
The impact of nonviolent resistance has had little success in the Black and Brown communities. The impact that is desired has been the fight and argument since the signing of the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964. With the plethora of events since the death of Trayvon Martin, Ramarley Graham, and Mike Brown it is clear to see that Black people are deeply traumatized and made to feel helpless and hopeless.
Dr. Cornel West stated that Dr. King forgot to add on to the statement “A man can’t ride your back unless it is bent.” Dr. West said, “When you start walking, you can get crushed, go to jail, or get killed.”
Black Westchester Stand for Sandra Bland!