In a surprising move, Sandra Bland’s family has asked social media to stop posting about the death of their sister. The request was made via Sigma Gamma Rho’s website, a Divine 9 sorority founded in 1922 on the campus of Butler University in Indiana, a predominantly White institution.

The organization posted this message from the family via their website:

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is deeply saddened by the death of our sorority sister Sandra Bland and we wish to express sincere condolences to the family. We will continue to keep the family in prayer at this very difficult time. The family of Sandra Bland has made several requests which we ask all to honor:  We are requesting that all refrain from posting social media messages about this matter. This would include, but not be limited to creating hash tags, developing petitions or creating comment threads.  The family is requesting that we do not participate in any protests or marches.  We ask that no comments be made or actions taken. This is an ongoing investigation and while we would like answers quickly, we understand that it may take time to get them. We are anxious because we know that every family deserves answers when a situation results in the death of a loved one. We will respect the wishes of the family and take no action at this time.

While there has been no other comment from the family, it may be just that they are searching for truthful answers to what happened to Bland and don’t want any distractions from the media. As we’ve seen in the Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other high-profile cases, they can easily become polarizing and negative situations.

The Chicago Tribune has reported that Bland, a Naperville, Illinois native who was in Texas to take a temporary summer job at her alma mater Prairie View State University, had been charged and fined for misdemeanor marijuana possession and had her license suspended three times due to lack of insurance.

She was also stopped on suspicion of a DUI and was placed under supervision. They also report that Bland was active in her high school and college communities among other things as a high school track athlete, cheerleader and honor student.

It is also being reported that both the Waller county sheriff and the District Attorney have had documented cases of racism in the past.

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9 thoughts on “Sandra Bland’s Family Asks For Social Media To Stop Posting Speculation/Hashtags About Her Death

  1. Vet Mom on said:

    WOW I know Al Sharpton doesn’t like this tactic but it still bothers me this family wants to come forward now claiming to love her but she couldn’t get any of them to bail her out??? They don’t want the media bringing up her dirt/mistakes in this matter! People can create threads and hashtags if they want to support or discuss this case! This family is full of shigady……trying to hide something!

  2. Polly Reedy on said:

    This effects the families left behind that have to deal with AFTER the doors close and everyone is gone. Praying for the families during their time of bereavement.

  3. Justice For Sandy on said:

    This made me upset. How else are we supposed to bring awareness to her cause peacefully besides online? This was the first release of negative information that I’ve seen attached to her name; speaking on her marijuana use and past police encounters has nothing to do with the issue at hand. Sandra Bland stated in her last video that social media is powerful and this is how change will be made. I know it hurts the family to see Sandy’s name on every site they visit but that should bring healing to them seeing how many people care. I care! #JusticeforSandy with love

  4. alena on said:

    That does not appear to be their website…just a docs file anyone can make an upload. It s unsigned and I’m not convinced it’s real. Are you sure this is true? Did you verify with family?

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