Remember Sandra Bland? The WOKE , African American woman that was pulled over for not using her indicator on July 10th? The one who was forced to get OUT of her vehicle, BEATEN and shortly after, brought to the Hempstead county jail?
The surveillance from the Officer’s vehicle was released, and you can clearly see signs of foul play and assault. She was stating that the officer was hurting her. Three days later, SANDRA BLAND was found dead in her jail cell in a Southeast Texas county jail. Now since her passing, we’ve yet to see much progress as far as the trial goes. At least not until Monday December 21,2015. A grand jury decided that no felony crime was committed by the sheriff’s office or jailers in the treatment of SANDRA BLAND. Now let me just say, i was actually mortified when i read into that. Do you know what that means? That means, that at ANY given point, we could be next. Our lives aren’t valued, simply because of our skin color. Being white is the “norm” in this country, and although there are so many different minorities and cultures, we will forever be looked at as outsiders. Where does that leave Sandra’s family, friends and loved ones? Her life was cut SHORT, and ended simply because she was AWAKE. She was AWARE. And she wasn’t AFRAID. She knew that the justice system was shit, and she spoke on all the injustices that us as a people have faced in the past years. Police brutality has become a regular thing! According to USA Today “400 annual deaths reported to federal authorities by local police departments were white-on-black shootings. What’s more, the analysis indicates that 18% of the black suspects were under the age of 21 when killed by the police, as opposed to just 8.7% of white suspects."In layman’s terms, White cops are slaughtering black people, simply because they have a badge and a pale shade of skin. They have the jurisdiction to snatch us OUT of our vehicles, BODY SLAM our students, and loot through our homes without warrants or explanation. This is a fight that we won’t win over night.
In other news
Officer Ben Fields, the man that slammed the 15 year old black girl, was found NOT GUILTY of assault. Again, there was irrefutable evidence that the police officer was clearly in the wrong, but Lady Liberty & Uncle Justice apparently didn’t seem to care too much. Since the Cop’s brutal assault against the 15 year old, the only people that could be facing jail time, are the student who was assaulted and the student who recorded the incident. Both girls face misdemeanor chargers of disturbing schools, which could potentially result in a fine of 1,000 or a sentence of 90 days in jails. Shit is getting ridiculous. And at this point, there’s not much we can do.
The pledge of allegiance : "I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States Of America. And to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under GOD, Indivisible. With liberty and justice for SOME.”
One other thing I forgot to mention about this place: THE PINE TREES ARE HUGE. They’re about ten stories tall. Put another way, a hundred feet. These pictures really don’t do em justice. As you drive southeast from Dallas towards Hardin County, just two counties northeast of Houston, you can see the landscape transition from Blackland Prairie, to cross timbers (alternatin strips of prairie and hardwood forest), to hardwood forests interspersed with small pine trees, to pine forests approximately three to five stories tall, and finally into the heart of the Pineywoods, where the pine trees are massive, and the occasional magnolia even more so.
Those beautiful flowers in the penultimate three pictures are parsley hawthorn, Crataegus marshalli, and they were one of my favorite parts of visitin the Preserve that spring in 2012. They’re cousins of the mayhaws (Crataegus opaca and C. aestivalis), and are just as edible, though with smaller fruit. Their main draw, though, is the delicate, parsley-like leaves and elegant spring blooms. I love em.
Do not go to Dr. Nadimpalli @ Singla Eye Institute(Port Arthur/Beaumont) if you live in Southeast Texas and need to see an ophthalmologist.
She was generally rude to me.
She would not answer my or my mothers questions about why at the first visit she thought I had glaucoma.
It took her two* visits to correct my prescription for new glasses
*It would have been three if I had not called my eye doctor from my old hometown to get the correct prism # and direction. She expected me to make another appointment at the other office because she didn’t have the machine to take measurements there, which would mean another copay.
She became very cocky when my mom tried to explain my childhood eye surgeon told us multiple times that I would need prisms for life and then looked at both of us as if she didn’t understand.
I know this isn’t anything for those of y'all up North but everything here is, like, shutting down (including my wifi, which is spotty, so bear with me). Nobody knows how to deal with an inch of snow, it’s hilarious.
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KGCX6 Cart-Witness News is coming Southeast Texas. A news channel designed to give you money saving tips, become a savvy shopper and bring a smile to your face. We’ll will be bringing you the best we have to offer every week, while not taking ourselves to seriously. We hope you join us weekly. Date and time to be announced on October 7, 2011.