Saturday, August 1, 2015


Last week Sandra Bland's mother Geneva Reed-Veal sat down for her first interview since her daughter was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas. 

Earlier this month, 28-year old Sandra Bland was unlawfully arrested for allegedly committing a minor driving violation. To read more on that story head here.

Last Thursday (July 23), Al Sharpton spoke with Mrs. Reed-Veal on his show PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton on MSNBC.

Al Sharpton: First of all how are you holding up?

Geneva Reed-Veal: By the grace of God. How else do you hold up?

Watch Mrs. Reed-Veal's interview and more after the break

Geneva Reed-Veal: Her spirits were lifted, she was excited about the next chapter in her life. She. was. excited. 
So when I hear that voice right now, what really goes through my mind is that absence, of that smile, of that laughter, of that joy that she had just a few days before her death. 
She said mom, you know, I know what my purpose is now. My purpose is to go back to Texas and stop all the injustice against Blacks. That is what my daughter said. She was in the car and that was what she was going to do.
I have confidence in God and knowing that He is in control and He is going to reveal the real truth. 
Confidence in man, I do not have at this point. I have confidence in what He is going to allow to come to pass. 

While I agree with Mrs. Reed-Veal in her confidence in God and Him revealing the truth in what happened to her daughter Sandra, I also agree with author Ta-Nehisi Coates to some degree, when he equates religion to blindness.

Earlier this month, writer Benjamin Wallace-Wells interviewed author Ta-Nehisi Coates for NYMag, in an article titled The Hard Truths of Ta-Nehisi Coates. In the article Coates discusses his latest book Between the World and Me and explains why he believes Christianity can create a sense of optimism that blinds Christians to the cold hard truths about racism in this country.

I read Coates' NYMag article throughout the day while at work and there were some points that the author made that really stayed with me. Specifically, Coates' belief that religion is blindness. For example, he expressed skepticism in Nadine Collier's ability to quickly forgive racist scum and domestic terrorist, Dylann Roof.

Collier is the daughter of 70-year old Ethel Lance, who was among the nine people murdered at the African-American Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina last month (June 17)  by racist scum, domestic terrorist, Dylann Roof.

During Roof's June 19th bond hearing --just two-days after he murdered nine innocent people in cold blood, including Collier's elderly mother, Collier said to Roof, "I forgive you. You took something very precious from me. I will never talk to her again. I will never, ever hold her again. But I forgive you. And have mercy on your soul."

Coates questioned the sincerity of Collier's forgiveness. Writer Wallace-Well explains in his article that Coates remarked while watching the hearing, "Is that real? I question the realness of that."  

Wallace-Well writes, 
Coates believes in the power of social structures, not in the politics of emotion. 
There’s a kind of optimism specifically within Christianity about the world — about whose side God is on,” he said. “Well, I didn’t have any of that in my background. I had physicality and chaos.” 
When he spoke in Charleston, Obama took his metaphor from “Amazing Grace.” Through God’s grace, the [P]resident said, Americans could now see the legacy of brutality that the Confederate flag embodied clearly. 
Coates’s writing takes an almost opposite position: that religion is blindness, and that if you strip away the talk of hope and dreams and faith and progress, what you see are enduring structures of white supremacy and no great reason to conclude that the future will be better than the past."
One of Sandra Bland's Facebook profile pictures

While having confidence in God is vital in my opinion, I also believe that having  confidence in Him is not enough. We have to face the hard truths that we live in country that was established on the principles of enslaving Black people --considered cattle, to grow the United States economy.

During slavery and presently, Black people in this country are lynched, castrated, burned alive, bludgeon, and shot by Whites because of their skin color. Racism is still alive and thriving in this country despite the fact that we have a Black president.

Things That Will Not End Racism In America
  • Confidence in God 
  • Welcoming an unknown White, racist, terrorist, devil into your place of worship
  • Calling for justice against racism by marching in the streets
  • Outfitting American law enforcement officials with body cams
  • Knowing your rights and asserting those rights when you are unlawfully arrested for committing an alleged minor driving violation

So then what will end racism in America?

Circling back, Sandra Bland's mother wants her daughter to be remembered as an activist that knew her rights. Mrs. Reed-Veal says she hopes her daughter's tragic death will encourage people to research their rights so that what happened to her child will not happen to anyone else's child. 

Geneva Reed-Veal: As everyone is talking about Sandy, Sandy, Sandy, Sandy Speak, after all the lights are over, I still have a dead baby. So it’s exciting on the one end and on the other it’s a little emotional. 
I want Sandy to be remembered as an activist, sassy, smart, and she knew her rights.  
So while everyone [is] in an uproar go do your research while this is all going on so you know your rights, and it’s not your daughter, your son, your kid. That’s what I want. 
The anger can be channeled into something that can be so much greater than the incident that happened to Sandy. 
So Sandy’s story is up on this side, but she’s still speaking on the other side.

Sandra Bland's family has ordered an independent autopsy. Bland's initial autopsy was conducted by the Harris County medical examiner, which ruled that Bland's death was the result of suicide. 

Waller County officials allege that Sandra Bland hung herself from a partition (used to give inmates privacy in their cell) with a trash bag. *insert a multitude of side-eyes* 

A few days ago (July 28), Waller County officials released Sandra Bland's booking intake. Officials say they released the booking video in order to dispel rumors circulating over Sandra Bland's death.

Many people have been speculating on whether Sandra Bland was alive when her mugshot photo was taken, due to the peculiar position she appears in her mugshot photo. 

Sandra Bland appears to be laying down in this mugshot photo taken at the Waller County jail the day of her unlawful arrest (July 10).

Check out Sandra Bland's booking video below.

I honestly don't know what to believe. I have confidence in the truth. When it will be revealed, only time will tell...

I sincerely feel that these racist devils are trying to exhaust Black people in this country by killing us at such an astounding rate that we become numb. 

But they will NEVER succeed. Black people are resilient and we will NEVER stop fighting for justice. NEVAH! Believe datevil racist scum bitches.

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