Tuesday, December 22, 2015

While We laughed At Steve Harvey...Sandra Bland got killed again!

Yesterday...Social Media, Twitter,Facebook,Instagram, Tumblr and Blogs were all a buzz with the story of Comedian and Ms. Universe host, Steve Harvey's monumental gaffe at the Ms. Universe pageant.. He crowned the wrong Ms. Universe..

Naturally...The jokes came...The crazy memes..(that I'm still being tagged with) and of course the racism...

Almost immediately...a number of people from Colombia...began calling him a "dumb nigger:, a stupid nigger,.a monkey...et al and chiding him for reading the wrong woman's name...Ms. Colombia instead of the right woman's name..Ms. Phillipines..and then spelling the names of both contestants native lands wrong in his apology on Twitter, which he quickly deleted..

To tell you the truth,I'm surprised so many people care about this that much!  If a beauty pageant means that much to them, they must really have too much time on their hands..I mean the vitriol against the man was so bad, I thought maybe one of the guys was sleeping with the girl or something...I mean really, Why do you care so much?

I felt bad for both girls..It was very embarrassing and awkward..and I felt bad for Steve too...but hell, it's a damn beauty pageant...Life will go on...LIFE IS GOING ON!  It really wasn't that deep...Shame on those ignorant racist commentors on Twitter...I'm sure they don't represent the majority of the good people of Colombia.

Self righteous and judgemental Twitter and Facebook posters roasted the man to death and every news venue had this as it's lead story...Steve Harvey names the wrong contestant in the Ms. Universe pageant... It was funny for a hot minute, but damn,give it a rest! I haven't gone on Twitter or Facebook today,because I'm sure it's still going on...This public roasting of Steve Harvey....It'll go on until somebody else does something and takes the attention off of Steve...

The man made a mistake....Damn...People love to bask in other people's misfortunes and foibles...I suppose it makes them feel better about their empty lives...

It was called the Epic Fail of 2015 on one TV show last night.  Really?

So while we were laughing at Steve Harvey and competing to see who had the most clever meme concerning his gaffe...A Texas grand jury declined to indict anyone in the summer death of Sandra Bland!
Remember her?

A grand jury will not indict anyone in connection with the death of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in a Texas jail cell in July.
 
Five months after her death drew national protests, one of the special prosecutors for the case, Darrell Jordan, told The Washington Post that the grand jury decided not to indict anyone, including staff at the Waller County Jail where Sandra Bland was held, in connection with her death.

The grand jury will reconvene in early January to “take up remaining issues,” Jordan said. He declined to comment on what those issues might be, because grand jury proceedings are secret. He also did not comment on what evidence led to Monday night’s outcome.

Sandra Bland, a young Black woman from the Chicago area , was arrested during a traffic stop on July 10 that turned confrontational. Police video released amid national attention after her death showed Ms. Bland refusing to get out of her car until state trooper Brian Encinia pointed a stun gun at her and shouted, “I will light you up!”

Officials said that Sandra Bland kicked Encinia, and she was arrested for assaulting a public servant. She was found dead three days later, hanging from a cell partition with a plastic garbage bag around her neck.

Sandra Bland’s death was ruled a suicide by the county coroner, but family members and protesters around the country disputed that conclusion, alleging that she should not have been arrested and had been the victim of racism. Her name joined others — Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray — as a byword of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sandra Bland’s family has remained vocally suspicious of the coroner’s ruling of suicide, and in August family members filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Waller County Sheriff’s Office, jail officials and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Attorneys for Waller County have sought to have the lawsuit dismissed, saying that Sandra Bland killed herself out of despair that her relatives did not quickly bail her out.

Last week, a Texas judge set the trial date for Jan. 23, 2017 for Bland’s family’s wrongful death suit.

The announcement of the grand jury’s decision came just hours after Ms. Bland’s family criticized the handling of her case, which they said was not being thoroughly investigated by the Texas Rangers or properly presented by special prosecutors.

“Right now the biggest problem I have is the entire process,” Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, said at a press conference Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune. “It’s the secrecy of it all.”

Speaking to the Houston Chronicle after the news that there would be no indictments in Bland’s death, Cannon Lambert, an attorney for her relatives, called the grand jury investigation “a sham of a proceeding.”

“It’s exactly the type of thing we had a concern about, the fact that they were going to do exactly what they did,” he said, adding that the family had not been kept apprised of the investigation.

Within a few hours of the announcement, #SandraBland was trending on social media, where many of the activists who made her name nationally-known criticized the grand jury’s decision.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also tweeted a statement on the decision.

Sandra Bland should not have died while in police custody. There’s no doubt in my mind that she, like too many African-Americans who die in police custody, would be alive today if she were a white woman,” it read. “My thoughts are with her family and her loved ones tonight. We need to reform a very broken criminal justice system.”

No other candidate had weighed in on the grand jury’s decision as of very early Tuesday.

In an interview with the New York Times, Jordan stressed that this decision does not signal the end of the investigation into Bland’s case.

It’s all in the way you phrase it,” he said. “The case is not over. That’s what I’m stressing right now. The case is not over.”

So while everybody was busy laughing at Steve Harvey's gaffe at a beauty pageant that none of them probably watched..In a small Texas courthouse , Sandra Bland was being killed again...legally...and a number of people were using Steve Harvey's gaffe as a pass to post uber-racist tweets...

Yesterday was truly interesting!

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