Hey guys. I want to start posting more so I’m going to try to a few short posts over the next week hopefully.
I didn’t tell you much about the Sandra Bland Remembrance rally that I went to in July. It was the 2nd anniversary of Sandra Bland’s death. This is my favorite rally or protest that I’ve been to this year (I think I’ve been to 7 now). There were about 200 people in attendance and 7 or 8 speakers. Her death actually happened a little closer to Houston but they only had about a dozen people at the rally there. So I’m very grateful to live in a politically active city. The rally lasted for about an hour and 45 minutes. The reason I enjoyed this rally so much is because I learned a lot. Every speaker was a person of Global Majority and they all spoke on racism, either in the general sense or with regard to the police (it’s crazy how racist police are in 2017 still. Although not that crazy when you realize Police were first called Slave Patrol. I might need to do another post on Police). Actually, there was 1 White ally that spoke. She was an activist that protested outside the jail where her death occurred for 80 days. Sandra Bland’s mother spoke at the end. It was really amazing to see how strong and passionate she was. I didn’t realize how mysterious her daughter’s death was until I heard it from her. You should check it out. It reminds me of a phrase from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book, Between the World and Me. He basically says Black parents tell their children they have to behave twice as well or else something like this might happen. And when you’re telling a kid that they internalize “you are different and worth half of a White kid.” Sandra Bland was killed (I don’t believe it was suicide) because she didn’t use her turn signal and stood up for herself to a cop. There’s nothing America hates more than a strong Black woman.