With Sandra Bland’s death being ruled, it’s been hard to view her videos and connect them with such a case of sudden-onset-extreme suicide. One such video shows Bland’s love for and defensiveness of her life and ethnicity.
Sandra had a video segment she called Sandy Speaks. In one particular episode, on April 28th, she began her video by stating that — though all lives matter — it doesn’t give certain ethnical demographic rights to demean the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”
This being the case because certain ethnicities have not lived with the exact degrees of oppression others have. In Bland’s words, she spoke as follows.
“Today’s Sandy Speaks is going to focus mainly on my ‘white people’. ‘White people’, yes, black people know that all lives matter. But what I need you guys to understand is that, being a black person in America is very, very hard.
Even though you all love to say, ‘Oh, nobody should see race. People are the reason racism is still alive’…well what kind of people are the reason?
Black races have no power [in America], whereas white races do. They have power because they’re in positions of control, or they’re in positions where they can influence the control over black people.”
Sandra Bland goes on to say that she’s unapologetic about the things she has to say or how she feels — and that, regardless of what’s said, black lives matter. Surely, she didn’t know how her words were taking effect in her life in the months to come. However, Sandra continued emphasizing her points as follows.
“I am not a racist. I grew up in Villa Park, Illinois. Was the only black girl on an all-white cheerleading squad, so I had to learn how to deal with [pause]…
Black people, you will not be successful in this world until you learn how to work with white people. But I want the white people to understand out there, that we’re doing as much as we can. Not all of us, but some of us…and we can’t help but get pissed off when we see situations where it’s clear that “black life” didn’t matter.
Those of you questioning “why was he running away,” well gotd**n. Because, in the news we’ve seen as of late, you could stand there, surrender to the cops, and still be killed.”
To emphasize her point, there are several other cases and videos online showing irrefutable proof of foul play by law enforcement. Yet, many end up getting desk duty or suspension with pay. What’s the point of suspending them if they’re still getting paid? May as well place them on desk duty as well, rather than giving them a paycheck for sitting at home.
Sandra continued her Sandy Speaks segment as follows.
“So, for those of you who feel like all lives matter…if you wanna put it on a poster, I will stand out there with you. But if you’re not ready to do that, do not get on my page with it….
I’m not calling all white people racists, ’cause y’all not. But for the ones who want to get on my page, talking about ‘all lives matter’, show me in American history where ‘all lives’ have mattered. Show me where there has been ‘liberty and justice for all’, like in that f**king Pledge of Allegiance we love to say…
Excuse my ‘French,’ cause Sandy Speaks don’t usually cuss. But I was highly irritated by the responses I got regarding my recent post. ‘White people’, if all lives mattered, would there need to be a hashtag for ‘black lives matter’? Think about that. Just truly think about that.
Yes, black on black crime numbers are extremely high. Yes, they are! But that’s because there are uneducated people who are hell-bent on self-extermination. I am not one of them. I am into building up my kings and queens. So, for me, #BlackLivesMatter. And, then, subset: #AllLivesMatter.”
The United States hasn’t exactly served as the headquarters of equal rights, even though that’s supposed to be the underlying principle to “the land of the free.” Unfortunately, a few months after this video, Bland found herself in the very situation she discussed — inequality and unjust treatment. Possibly the reason why people are so dismissive about what Sandra Bland was saying is because it’s very real and true-to-life.
As discussed in a previous Inquisitr article, the full, unedited dashcam video shows that the trooper didn’t treat the prior traffic violator the way he treated Sandra. And the rest is video proof.
Equal rights? Is it possible that the only time this land truly had equal rights was before America was ever discovered? Agree or disagree?
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