I received this today as a private message, and would like to post it. As per the person’s wishes, I copy/pasted it to remove her identity. (I don’t have Anon turned on.)
These are the kinds of conversations we should be having. I saw the photo and discussion of Sandra Bland’s mug shots, and me knowing nothing about the subject (I know little about anything, truth be told!), I took it as, “Oh, I’ll take it for granted that this person knows what they’re talking about.” Of course, that’s not always the case on tumblr. So here’s a rebuttal on the matter.
Thank you to the person who sent this to me. I appreciate you taking the time, and am glad you would think enough to want to enlighten not only me, but others, too. I can’t promise it will get many notes, but hopefully people will read it and consider the information.
Please “anon” this if you post. Out of respect for the families I care for, I keep my profession separate from social media.
How do I tell over 100k people that Sandra Bland was alive in her mugshot? I’d bet my mortuary license and 12 years of experience on it. (I have my degree. I didn’t drop out of mortuary school as did the father mentioned in the post.) My guess is she’s leaned up against a wall, not lying down. I certainly would like to see the ME report on her other injuries that are making her stand lopsided with pain and attitude.
People comparing a selfie to a mugshot? You take a selfie when you feel good, look good, are proud, and smiling. Not even in the same category as a snapshot in time of likely the worst experience she’d ever had.
These are my opinions: She is pissed off, hurt, beaten and broken. Sweat and tears have removed her make up. She hasn’t slept, hasn’t eaten, and hasn’t had anything to drink. Exhaustion and dehydration. Dehydration making black skin ashen and grey and discolored. Her eyes are far off because they’ve taken away her dignity and humanity. Her shoulders are jacked up because of injury.
But she is alive. Her jaw is set. The muscles of her neck are taut. Her lips are perfectly closed. Her eyelids are even. Her eyes are dark. She is in battle mode and wants to fight, but is powerless and being drained by circumstance.
If she was already dead in that mugshot, they would’ve had to call in the local funeral director; good luck getting her to look as she does. And they would have likely dislocated joints getting her into that scrub top postmortem. I have taken care of thousands of deceased people in my time…Sandra Bland is alive in that mugshot.
The photo makes people uncomfortable because her soul had been crushed. Her spirit had been obliterated.
I believe she was murdered, self-inflicted or not. I believe she was targeted for the color of her skin because honestly, who really ever gets pulled over for not using their turn signal?!? Only someone being profiled by a racist. A racist cop working for a racist sheriff.
Yours is the only dash I’ve seen this on so far and I had a feeling you’d read it. I wanted to tell someone. Again, if you share, please cut/paste/post anonymously. Thanks!