Pfleger says Sandra Bland was “hung first by racism”

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Sadden at her death

By Chinta Strausberg

Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday said the controversy over whether Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old woman found dead in her Texas jail cell, was a suicide or not is not an issue with him because she was first “hung by racism.”

Father Pfleger was saddened over the funeral of Bland, who moved from Naperville, Illinois to Texas where she was going to start a new job at her alma mater. Her funeral was held at the DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lisle, Illinois.

Bland was pulled over by a Texas police who accused her of improper lane change. The police cam shows the officer pulling out his Taser gun and threatening to “light” her up if she didn’t get out of the car. She was arrested and three-days later found hanging in her jail cell. Texas officials say she committed suicide.

“Yesterday morning I was very saddened because of the burial of Sandra Bland,” said Pfleger before preaching his sermon. “Sandra was here in this church when Common was here…took pictures with him and put it on her Facebook page saying what a tremendous time she had.”

As news of her death continue to top the news across the nation especially allegations that she committed suicide, Pfleger said, “That was really not the issue with me because she was first hung by racism. She was hung when she was pulled over and was abused verbally and dragged out of her car for changing lanes.

“I couldn’t help but think…that yesterday was the birthday of Emmett Till and here we are all those years later still watching our children killed. It’s a sad day for America,” said Pfleger.

Till was born on July 25, 1941 in Chicago but was murdered on August 28, 1955 in Money, MS where he was visiting with his relatives. The husband and brother of a white female store clerk killed the 14-year-old youth because he whistled at his wife.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at:

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