I wrote this last year. It popped up on my Facebook feed so I decided to share here.
Its now the two year anniversary of your transition.
We will always #SayHerName
🖤 #SandraBland 🖤
When you died last year on this date, I cried.
You are me. I am you.
Strong Black, college educated women, knowledgeable about our pasts and present times... Strong loud voices able to articulate ourselves impeccably - that is what we are. And that will always be seen as a threat, although others are praised for this skill set. Yet, somehow, none of that mattered.
Mobsters used to say "Women and children are off limits..." but rogue police officers don't follow the code. Blue lives do not exist - that is a symbolic representation... But your Black life SiSTAR was real. Your frustration with a sarcastic and egotistical officer was real. His assault on you off dashcam camera was REAL. Your advocacy for Black Lives was REAL. Your death WAS REAL.
A whole year later, Sandra, and the pain at the hands of illogical and abusive police is STILL REAL. I pray that your soul along with #AltonSterling#PhilandoCastile#EricGarner#FreddieGray#TamirRice and the 559 others killed by police THIS YEAR ALONE cover and protect those fighting for your justice.
I will #SayYourName#SandraBland
I will never forget you
Because you are me, and I am you.