I learned today that the Sandra Bland tragedy struck closer to home than I realized. I was reading a blog post, by this pastor, about how Senator Bernie Sanders took the time to sit down and talk with Sandra’s mother recently. (I have to say, I have a great deal of hope for our country if our leaders will take a lesson or two from this man.)
As I scrolled down the page and looked at the photo taken of the group, I immediately recognized a woman from my neighborhood! Shante, who I now realize is Sandra’s older sister, lived just down the street from us for years! Our sons were good friends in early elementary school!
If for some reason you don’t know or remember who Sandra Bland is, please google her. [Interestingly, I’ve been thinking about how to write this post all day, and just now I saw that someone on HuffPo just wrote a piece about the blog post I was reading this morning.]
I’ve been trying all day (and now evening) to find good words to say. To find a way to speak up and amplify Sandra’s story. I don’t believe that Sandra killed herself. I think something ugly and tragic happened and I do hope the truth comes to light. I don’t know that my one voice can do much at all, but today, this is how I’m Speaking Up.
Please take some time to read through some of the Twitter threads below. Twitter is a plethora of opinion, and many links to additional information. If, after reading, you feel inclined to help her family dig deeper into what happened, you can contribute below. Thank you for being part of a momentary remembering of a beautiful woman whose life was cut short too early. She should not have died this way.