What we can learn from Sandra Bland’s tragic end
WBUR - 07/28/2015
In 1962 Fannie Lou Hamer and a group of Ruleville, Mississippi residents she had taken to register to vote were returning home when they were stopped because their bus was yellow, and state laws prohibited non-school buses from using that shade. The driver was taken to jail and the would-be voters left in the sweltering “illegal” bus.
We’ve come a long way since 1962. But for people of color, the roads are still not entirely safe.
Whether Sandra Bland died by her own hand, as Texas authorities state, or by the hand of another, her promising life was cut short because of criminal justice practices that routinely place too many Americans outside of the orbit of due process. Now is the time to pay close attention to the visceral rage her death has educed, and it is also time to take a hard look at the elements in that perfect and fatal storm.