After the untimely death of Sandra Bland, many have been trying to keep all hope alive by voicing their opinions on the matter and spreading awareness of the deadly injustices that are tallying up in the Black community.
In regards to Bland’s death, many people have used social media as an outlet to raise awareness, so much so that her name actually started trending on social media. #SandraBland posts including videos of her arrest and her mug shot were sprawled across timelines of thousands, as people questioned the events that led to her mysterious death. Many believe that Bland was already dead when her mug shot was taken, even after the police called her death a suicide by asphyxiation.
While the results of the independent autopsy that Bland’s family ordered has not been released, one young man has taken matters into his own hands to start a new trend via social media that mimics her questionable mug shot. Dubbed the #SandraBlandChallenge, people are exhibiting their solidarity for the a “challenge that actually matters” after the #SandraBland hashtag that was shut down by Instagram in an effort to stop hate speech that it was attracting.
Zarie, the young man behind the challenge, hopes his efforts will bring justice to Sandra Bland. In the Instagram photo he posted, he says that there is a difference in taking a picture laying down versus standing up, suggesting that Bland was dead at the time her mug shot was taken.
The hashtag has been in effect for nearly a week and is steadily gaining traction on all social media platforms as people are exhibiting their solidarity for the death of Sandra Bland.