Another day, another offense, to list them would elicit a lament. Another video surfaces and we want to push it back down. We turn up the television or the music to drown out the sound of her voice. But, our silence is deafening.
The truth we try to deny, we want so desperately to hide is in our hands. We have the evidence. It’s on our phone. She recorded her exchange with the police officer on her phone. Taser in her face and the officer’s voice is raised.
She’s calling us.
Answering to the truth is a calling. When will we answer? Because someone has to answer for this. Like Cain, her blood is calling us from the ground. “Lord, can you hear her now?”
She was telling the truth. Too much force leaves me with too little faith in the systems that we create. It is uniform hate. We all fall in line and fall farther behind in the journey to arrive in one piece, one single unit, a family.
Sandra Bland videotaped her arrest. She’s dead now. No witnesses, we don’t see anything. Her body is the only witness.
She’s buried now. But she can’t let it go, won’t let it rest. She knows how traffic stops often end for those socially colored black. Don’t reach for your wallet. Don’t turn your back. Don’t trust the report. Back from the dead, she wants persons to know what really happened to her.
Did you hear what she said?
She is here again like Jesus, who keeps showing up after the crucifixion. We must answer for our inaction. Sandra is back to continue the conversation we thought was litigated by the courts. Judgement for the plaintiff? No, money is betrayal of our value. This calls for more.
I’m listening, Sandra.