Prof. Dorothy Roberts examines the case of Sandra Bland on WHYY’s Radio Times.


On July 10th, Sandra Bland was pulled over for failing to signal before changing lanes. The traffic stop, which should’ve been routine in nature, escalated when the police officer who pulled Bland over ordered her to get out of her vehicle after she refused to put out her cigarette. Ms. Bland was subsequently arrested, put in jail, and three days later she was found in her cell hanging from a plastic bag. Numerous questions continue to swirl around her case. The coroner said the death was a suicide, but her family has disputed that she was suicidal. There has been a massive social media reaction to the event – spawning the hashtags #SayHerName and #SandraBland – and the event has brought police violence against black women into the spotlight. In this hour of Radio Times, a conversation about the arrest and death of Sandra Bland, rights of citizens and police, and police brutality against black bodies. We’ll hear from DAVID HARRIS of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law on what constitutes a “lawful order” at a traffic stop and legal issues relating to Bland’s case. Then we’ll hear from DOROTHY ROBERTS of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and KIMBERLÉ WILLIAMS CRENSHAW of Columbia Law School on the history violence inflicted upon black women’s bodies and how Bland’s death has impacted the black community.


These took forever, but the last cast line-up I did was in like 2013 (!!!) and lots has changed, been added, flipped upside down or otherwise improved, I hope, so… hey. Here we go! Here’s the whole main and secondary cast. Thanks as always to samwisedamgee for contributions on Logan and Eleanor, and kayzig for contributions on Campbell! (Also, please do click and make ‘em bigger if you’d be so kind. The tumblr images otherwise look so tiny.)

“As a Penn student I also know that a parallel can be drawn between these major banking institutions and the University of Pennsylvania in its expansion and revitalization efforts in West Philadelphia. Not only do we sit on the land of the Lenni Lenape as we inhabit eastern Pennsylvania, but the very space we call campus was also once home to Black communities pushed out by Penn beginning in the 1950s. Today, many West Philly residents continue to be displaced, unable to afford living in their own community due to rising property taxes and Penn expansion. I hope that Penn will begin to undo some of the damage that has been committed both at home and abroad by divesting from displacement and refusing to be complicit.”

Via Penn Divest from Displacement.

Watch every #PennZero episode so far (except for our Christmas premiere) tomorrow, Penn Zero Marathon Sunday 5/17 10am-2:30Pm on Disney XD. That’s 18 cartoons in a row, and two repeated at the end! Great time to catch up on the show if you’ve missed it- before new episodes in June! Fun for the whole family! Or fun to binge solo! See all the worlds!


It’s Halloweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

I didn’t get to draw anyone in costumes last year - irate grumbling here - so I made up for it by doing Every Costume Ever this year. That’s how ya do it! Special thanks to start-price-of-cats for Bea’s costume suggestion, and to chainsma for letting me borrow Logan, as usual!