*July 13 will mark two years since the death of Sandra Bland, the African American woman who had moved to Waller County, Texas to start a new job; but ended up being pulled over and manhandled by a cop named Brian Encinia for an alleged traffic violation, and two days later, was found hanging in her cell at the Waller County jail. The coroner called her death a suicide, but many, including the family, didn’t buy it.
Out of Bland’s death a movement called Black Lives Matter was born.
Geneva Reed-Veal, Sandra Bland’s mother, recently collected a priority mail box from the Waller County jail that holds her daughter’s belongings. In an emotional exclusive video, a strong and determined Reed-Veal speaks to reporter Kaitlin McCulley of ABC13 as she reveals the contents in the box. She let’s out a faint sigh as she holds in her flood of emotion and begins to go through the box.
“This is her sundress. And this is what she changed into the orange garb in,” she explains, telling us that it was the last thing her daughter wore that actually belonged to her. Continue reading →
*July 13 will mark two years since the death of the woman whose racial profiling incident sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. Sandra Bland was 28-years-old when a police officer in Texas Waller County pulled her over for not signaling a lane change. Something that would — or dare I say, should — under normal circumstances, have resulted in a fine or even a warning, escalated into a major event that would ultimately turn fatal. Little reminder is needed as we recall the horrific way that Bland was forcefully removed from her car by the cop because she wouldn’t extinguish her cigarette. Moreover, as seen on a recording by a dashcam video, she was threatened by an obviously short-tempered officer who pulled a stun gun or her and threatened, “I will light you up!”
When the incident hit social media emotions ran high. But they reached a boiling point when Bland was discovered hung in her jail cell three days later and her death was ruled a suicide.
Adding insult to injury, the arresting officer, a state trooper named Brian T. Encinia, had attempted to justify the arrest by charging Bland with ‘assaulting a public servant.’ But thanks to the video, a perjury charge and subsequent trial held Encinia accountable and he was ultimately fired for the way he handled Bland’s arrest.Continue reading →
*In a lecture that was intended to close the racial divide gap, a Norman, Oklahoma teacher showed a YouTube video on imperialism and followed it up with a discussion on why ALL white people are racist.
And though the teacher was not identified, anyone listening to the voice on the video (scroll down) can pretty much presume he’s not Black.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t add that, if he was Black, we would know exactly who he is.
A video was sent to NBC affiliate, KFOR, from a student who was offended by the class discussion. A white student, who felt the comment was unsubstantiated and unfair. The student felt that white people were being blamed for something just because they are white.
I can see Black folk now. Arms outspread in a ‘What?’ kind of posture. Puzzled looks on their faces as if to say, “But the comment is coming from one of you.”Continue reading →
*Want to know what some white students really think about Black people? Tell ’em EVERYBODY came from Africa! Black. White. Hispanic. Asian. Mixed.
Then just sit back and watch them scatter! That’s what happened at Texas State University when Dr. R. Jon McGee, a seasoned anthropology professor offered what is known as the “Out of Africa” theory. (Scroll down to see a photo courtesy of Twitter user).
According to The Tab, when the professor asserted that all living beings originated in Africa, the white students got up and walked out…in droves.
But that’s not all.
The white students who stayed behind reportedly started yelling “Black Lives Matter,” according to the news site reports. And others went into some serious dialogue with one another. Continue reading →
*Well if this cop’s intent was to get our attention, let us stop for a sec, unite and say…
Sgt. Demetrick Pennie is a 17-year-member of the Dallas Police Force, and he says he is suing the Black Lives Matter movement along with the Rev. Al Sharpton; Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, billionaire activist George Soros, President Barack Obama and Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because they…wait for it…
Are inciting a race war.
Kind of head-scratcher coming from a Black man. But let’s hear what he has to say, shall we? Continue reading →
*Now is that any way to initiate peace talks? Recently, in an attempt to piggy-pack (no pun intended) on the successful and peaceful outcome of a BBQ held in Kansas between police officers and members of the Black Lives Matter movement there, officers from the Oakland Police Department extended a so-called olive branch in the form of an invitation to a cookout to the local BLM membership.
To say the invitation was not accepted puts it mildly.
Now, I would be remiss not to mention how deeply I relate to the pain behind this lack of enthusiasm. Afterall, I, too, am beyond sick and tired of seeing my people slaughtered. Rage is a difficult emotion to conquer, and Black folks are feeling a LOT of it towards the men in blue…and for good reason.
But we’ve got to turn this sh*t around folks. And we have got to start somewhere.
*One thing about black folk, no matter what their station in life, they are gonna tell it and tell it true. And Dallas Police Chief David Brown is no exception. He may be a 33-year-veteran of the Dallas Police Force, but it is only recently that many even learned who he is. Too bad his fame came about as a result of one of the darkest times in human history.
I’ll be gentle.
The civil unrest between Black people and police officers.
A photo of his face buried in one hand as he stood at a prayer vigil for the two victims and five officers killed in Dallas went viral. And he has not held back at press conferences; wearing his heart on his sleeve as he admits, “We’re hurting.”