[ View the story "In fight against police brutality, activists urge public to #SayHerName" on Storify] In fight against police brutality, activists urge public to #SayHerName Campaign asks why more people aren't rallying for the lives of African American women.
The Stream· Tue, Jul 28 2015 16:40:10
But activists and members of the African American community say not enough attention has been given to black women's experiences with police brutality.
On July 10, Sandra Bland was arrested for a minor traffic violation in Texas. She was on her way from Chicago to a job interview at Prairie View A&M University in
. The surveillance
of the confrontation sparked outrage on social media for what many saw as the officer's use of excessive force and accusations that the film was
. Three days after Bland was arrested, she was found hanging in her jail cell from a metal hook with a
trash can liner around her neck
have surfaced on social media regarding her
I agree that everything about Sandra Bland's arrest and jailing + what is being presented is sketchy +unbelievable
The case has ignited a national conversation on police brutality against black women. Millions of tweets have been shared with trending hashtags like
#JusticeforSandraBland, #WhatHappenedtoSandraBland and #IfIDieInPoliceCustody.
#Ifidieinpolicecustody Do not make calls for peace or forgiveness. Do not speculate about my mental state. I'm Black and constantly enraged.Charlene Carruthers
Smh.. The fact that calls like this are actually needed nowadays. It's scary & heartbreaking-- #JusticeForSandraBland
day coming soon
The sign below was reportedly placed at the scene of Bland's arrest.
One Twitter user @shezumi says she is afraid she will suffer the same fate of Bland and Kindra Chapman, an 18-year-old who
died in Alabama police custody
Bland. Chapman was arrested for allegedly attempting to steal a cellphone.
I cringe every time I see a police car behind me, for I don't know if I'll die next. #SandraBland #KindraChapman #PoliceBrutalityGentlewomn Redefined
Despite the awareness of Bland's case, some are pointing out the #BlackLivesMatter movement is focused on incidents of police brutality involving black men, while cases involving
black women are overshadowed
The video below features stories of black women killed while either in police custody or by police officers. Three of the women killed by police officers -
- were unarmed.
For Harriet - Black Women Matter | FacebookFacebook
Say Her Name
" initiative launched by the African American Policy Forum aims to create more awareness for black women’s experiences in profiling and policing.
In the video below, Sandra Bland's sister Sharon Cooper discusses her sister's case and urges others to share Sandra's story online. "[The] minute you forget her name, you forget her character and that she was a person," she says.
#SayHerName: Sandra BlandDemos
So do we have to protect ourselves from the system that is supposed to be protecting us ? #SayHerName #SandraBlandJessica
In the last post to her
Facebook video diary
#SandySpeaks, Bland says that she ultimately wants to unite the black and white races. "I am not against white people. To be successful in this world you have to know how to work with white people."
Sandra Bland | FacebookFacebook
against a conversation centered on whether or not Bland and Chapman committed suicide. Twitter user @typicalfeminist also pointed out that regardless of the circumstances, the incidents leading up to both deaths should be given special attention.
Even ***IF*** #KindraChapman and #SandraBland actually killed themselves, we should be asking what horrible conditions led them to that.Ponta
Yet another death of a black woman in police custody was reported this week.
Ralkina Jones, 37
, was found dead in a Cleveland, Ohio jail cell on Sunday.
Black women dying in police custody has become the new trend in amerikkka. Looks like we'll never stop tweeting #SayHerName #RalkinaJoneslonelystar
The Stream asked its community: Why aren't more people rallying for the lives of African American women?
Black women are treated as second class citizens in USA,they aren't respected & protected by the Law @soniaananti @ajstreamChinemore Elias
@SoniaAnanti @AJStream Black women bare the brunt of being invisible in society overall, our history & contributions are always obscure...QueenTubby
@SoniaAnanti @AJStream socio101 - women of color most abused by system- we are the system. white patriarchy supremacy IS the system -dandelion
@BritniDWrites @AJStream Why do you think black female victims of police brutality are covered less by media/activists compared to males?Sonia Ananti
@AJStream It's the same reason sexual assault committed by cops against Black women aren't called "police brutality"britni danielle
@SoniaAnanti @KhaledBeydoun @AJStream @BellaEiko women of color not "allowed" to challenge police... #audacity of #SandraBland -#patriarchydandelion