Many will question the title of this post, but for those who do, she is thanked for standing up for her rights and refusing to be bullied by an out-of-control, racist cop. She did not back down, and although she paid a huge price, (her life), she stood her ground nonetheless. For that, she is to be admired and respected. So many now say what she “should” have done, but while many feel that cowering in the face of oppression and bullying is the thing to do, what Sandra Bland did is what should continue to be done. Otherwise, the bullying by rogue cops will continue. Meek subservience cannot be tolerated. Sandra’s horrific nightmare, belongs to all of us. We all have to own it. But, this is one truth that we must remember if the bullies see that you will stand up to them, then, eventually, they will back down. Her bully, hopefully, will never be in a position of authority again. And, for that, thank-you Sandra Bland. And to her family, thank-you for speaking up for her, since she could not do so for herself. Had you not done so, we never would have known what happened to Sandra. Hearts break and ache for you Sandra, for your family, and all those who knew and loved you. And, after the fact, we cry for you. You did not deserve what happened to you, and the whole world, not just in the United States, mourns for you.
Those who knew her, listened to her videos, knew that to the end, she was true to herself, and her beliefs. What were her beliefs? That she, as an American citizen, had rights, and she questioned the failure of those rights being afforded to her, which she had a right to do. That she, as a woman, who had not committed any crime, had the right to be treated with respect. That she, as a woman, had the right to not be beaten and manhandled. That she, as an African-American, had the right to be treated just as the person in the previous stop, (who was White), had been treated.
So yes, thank-you Sandra Bland, for standing up to oppression, to bullying, to discrimination, to harassment. Thank you for your courage. Thank-you for not cowering in the face of a madman. Thank you for reminding everyone that meek subservience is not available. Although you are gone, your warrior spirit will live on, and history will forever, #sayyourname.