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Sigma Gamma Rho Releases Official Statement Calling For Members Not To Hashtag Or Protest The Death Of Sandra Bland

On Thursday, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. released an official statement addressing the death of their sorority member, Sandra Bland who died suspiciously in Texas jail cell on Monday. The statement from the sorority calls for the end of hashtags, petitions and commenting on the death and also asks that no protests or marches be held.

According to the statement, these requests are coming from the family of Sandra Bland.

The hashtag #JusticeForSandy, #SandySpeaks, and #WhatHappenedInBland have created a large wave on social media and have even become trending topics on Twitter. The African-American community, friends, classmates, social justice advocates and members of the Black fraternities and sororities have been speaking out since the story went viral on Tuesday, questioning the official reports from the police department which claim that Sandra died after “self-inflicted asphyxiation.”

Sandra was a member of the Delta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Before the official statement about not commenting on the death was released by Sigma Gamma Rho, her line sister, Alana Taylor, reached out to with the following comment about Sandra’s death:

“Sandra Bland is my line sister. Her personality and outlook on life alone DOES NOT resemble uncertainty or depression. She was a strong force that took life head on. Suicide would be the LAST thing on her mind as she was on the brink of starting a new chapter of life: a new job, a strong cause to fight for and a thick network of support. There are just too many discrepancies and holes in the official report. As far as her friends, chapter, alma mater and family are concerned: Sandy is still speaking and somebody is gonna listen. #SandySpeaks”

Please read the official Sigma Gamma Rho statement below.

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  1. Rash

    July 17, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    The headline is slightly misleading. The sorority is asking on behalf of the family (at least according to the statement at the end of the article). The group itself isn’t asking. It’s requesting that members honor the family’s wishes.

    • Jasira Monique

      July 22, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      Completely false… The family is on camera asking everyone to voice outrage

      • Rash

        July 23, 2015 at 2:55 am

        Ok. Point taken. So my question is: why did SGRho post this? Because what’s in the release doesn’t match. Interesting.

  2. AnyaDiggsWYRT

    July 17, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    So the sorority is calling for inaction from it’s members? That’s backwards.

    • Kimberly Patrice

      July 17, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      But they are honoring the request of the family, so how can you argue with that

      • Peachie Maat

        July 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

        That’s not true, her family is on fb and using the tag. This letter is BS

        • AnyaDiggsWYRT

          July 22, 2015 at 1:03 pm

          That is my point exactly. The family wouldn’t contact a sorority of 100k people and say, “Be silent on the issue”. Please…..

  3. Brandon Carter

    July 18, 2015 at 12:29 am

    To not raise awareness is to put another life at risk. is the grieving of a family greater than the lives that the awareness could potentially save? Also think about what else is going on. The media will go through her background with a fine tooth comb and begin to assassinate her character. The only way to combat that is with friends and family showing who she truly was. To silence the people who care only presents one narrative to the people. I can not fathom how this will help anything. I personally would rather hear it from a mother or family member, not from the Sorority. There are too many politics involved. I am saddened as a greek but I am also hurt as a black man. At the very, least suicide or not, she was unjustly and violently arrested and that deserves attention. praying for the family and my people as a whole. please be safe.

  4. Sandra Rivers

    July 18, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Ah deliver us from Kneegro misleaders that would try to block vociferous OUTRAGE over pig MURDERS

  5. Rhonda Walker

    July 18, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Her family was on the television questioning, raising doubt and voicing disbelief in what was purported to have happened to their loved one. So I too am confused. If u are iso expedited answers to ur questions, why not have them shouted from the highest mountain tops? Why would a sorority of such a Stand up woman being soo willing to Lie down at a time like this???

  6. Jasira Monique

    July 22, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    This is ridiculous!!! I just saw an interview of her sister saying for EVERYONE to use the #SayHerName & #SandraBland hashtag… Somebody better start speaking the truth!!!

    • Rash

      July 23, 2015 at 2:57 am

      Yep. Interesting. I wonder who gave this release the OK?

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