The Case Of Sandra Bland

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On the 13th of July 2015, Sandra Bland a 28-year-old black African American was discovered hanging in a cell. Police officials have ruled the death of Sandra Bland as a suicide. However, black citizens refuse to believe this claim. Black citizens accuse the police of racially and sexually abusing Sandra Bland. Three days prior, Sandra Bland was stopped by the police officer Brian Encinia over a minor traffic incident. Footage from the police dash cam showed the officer forcing Bland out of the car, threatening to ‘light her up. ' Police killings of unarmed black citizens have become frequent in America. This has caused the uprising of the 'black lives matter ' movement. The death of Sandra Bland is seen by blacks as a case of police brutality. …show more content…
Other narratives represent the case as racial injustice and failure of the criminal justice system. The representation of black women is reflected in news stories. For instance, Conservative news publications fail to portray Sandra Bland as a victim. These stories depict a story of blame, Bland is a black woman, therefore, does not meet the traditional ideas of an 'ideal victim. ' However, democratic news stories depict Sandra Bland as a victim of police violence. Using narrative analysis, this research will compare the difference in the representation of the case of Sandra Bland. The independent is a UK conservative white middle class targeted publications which will be contrasted with ‘The Root, ' an African American democratic news publication. These publication demonstrate how the case of Sandra Bland is represented depending on the political stance and target market of the news …show more content…
In place of this, the story is told from the perspective of a black woman who is a black activist. The race and gender of the author makes the story personalised and believable in highlighting how police are at fault for the death of Bland. This illustrates a wider problem of police brutality towards black women. There is an element of truth, the representation of the author reflects the voice of Sandra Bland. Readers are able to side with the victim because the author is representing Sandra Bland. Whereas the independent was written by a white middle class male. The article is focused on the FBI, therefore readers are unable to connect with the victim because the article tells the story from an outside official. But, the roots tells the story from a black woman’s perspective which allows the reader to have an emotional reaction from the story. The structure of the story from the roots, has a dominant narrative of police violence towards Sandra Bland and racial injustice from law enforcement. But, has ‘mini narratives’ from similar cases to support

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