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Why ‘I will light you up’ was a KKK threat to Sandra Bland

When Officer Brian Encinia threatened now dead Black activist Sandra Bland with “I will light you up” over a cigarette and improper lane change, he was echoing a part of America’s racist KKK past. When a KKK member threatens to “light you up” they mean it literally.

Here are five historical photos of what “I will light you up” means to Black Americans.

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12 Comments

  1. kelly on July 24, 2015 at 9:02 am

    yes i thought that statement was rather odd too now it all makes since would he told a white person he will light them up ? wow so kkk do wear uniformss and they cant help but think in the way thier ancesters taught them to a dead ringer for what he meant , so do they just lay him off now ? or lock his ass up ? he shoulld be behind bars big time . they have an oath to serve and protect how is lighinting her up protecting her .. hitting her head on concrete protecting her . .of all the cases i seen thi top my cake , its all on camera , ,we have never seen a white woman thrown on the ground by no cop cause they asses would have fired him on the spot .. you have never seen a white boy shot in the back by a cop no matter how many times whites have been in shit with cops they dont ever beat or shoot them but yet they cant explain this .. . are white men more nicer when arrested hell no they be drunk beligerant , and ignorant … but yet they shove them in a cop car at the most … how does he know ms bland was not mentally ill? do you treat mentally illl this way ? he was nice to the white peron he first stopped but not ms bland huh ?

  2. Jason on July 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Some of us know, but what about the rest? War is being raged on Black America, but we are worried about Jay-Z, Kanye & Drake.

    • mrhowell2002 on July 24, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      No offense bro but we kill more of ourselves than them white folk… This week 30+ shot in Chicago by our own people … We sound real stupid saying black lives matter and we killing ourselves by the thousands… Smh

      • Jason on July 25, 2015 at 9:58 am

        So your reply is the battlecry of the white supremacists? Like I said – some of us just don’t know.

      • kelly on July 25, 2015 at 12:43 pm

        stop focusing on us and the killings in the black community more of us been hung from trees in the last 200 years ., so many you cant imagine , every race has killing in the street or at home in the suburbs dont matter , the subject is all the racist killings lately we have right to not be killed by people we pay tax money to to protect us .. they suppose to make sure no one is breaking in homs and high on drugs hurting others , not random stops and shooting you just cause you black .. we were not killing each other at this rate in the 1950s ? no jobs segregation in our schools , low education of black kids , black men on child support whom cant even afford it , cause white dont hire blacks they give all the descent jobs to mexican., and yet you cant see the point? the point is NOT BLACK ON BLACK CRIME THAT CAN BE DEALT WITH IF WE PUSH TO GET HUMAN RIGHTS FROM THE VERY PEOPLE WHO SHIPPED US TO THIS COUNTRY STRIPPED US OF OUR DIGNITY , MAKING OUR ECONOMY HORRIFIC ..
        PUTTING our kids in juvenile detention instead of rehabing them are opening schools so young black boys will be detered from drug house , , all our men in the pen therefore women trying to raise boys headed to the streets to survive proverty … selling drugs getting women pregnant .. nothing taught in high school to give them a direction from the poor up bring … rich blacks like jayz them not putting clubs for boys like boy scott i the hood so boys can have inspiration .. . instead of worrying about survival . tis all so sad .
        we need more non profit organizations to support young boys then the black crime will lower DONT PULL THE HORSE WITHOUT THE CART DUDE ..
        RIGHT NOW ALL IS ON THE TABLE .. im not joining white who use black on black crime as a excuse for these cops …… we aint killing cops if we were they would find a solution to help blacks .. . ist them killling us for one purpose and that is exteerminate the problem its police out here fighting crime daily , ,but they are also trying to eleminate the culprit of the basic crimes they patrol on . it like fighting a war with a butter knife .. their method is causeing suspicion on the motives .. they may just be too weak minded to realize that , crime is in all races not just black .. .whites crimes are high tech ,,robbery , drug selling by bulks , and domestic, and mass shooting .. … speratic shit .. they dont polce the colleges …where a lot of white kids have crimes going on… they pick a black side of town and start profiling folks they could leave alone every black the kill is not someone doing anything serious TRAFFIC STOPS FOR TAGS OUT , OR SOMEBODY KIDS AT A COOK OUT .. STUPID SHIT RECENTLY THEY HARRASSING BLACK ON ,. . and them with litltle to any background are report with blacks as a child police as adults are fearful of blacks .. and even in the military llacked mingling with black soliders resulting in a lot of fear that will kill a person .. that i the issue fear . . a man with a uniform can not be affraid of assailants due to colore … its for fetched to blame cop killings on us ..

  3. andalso on July 24, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    i didn’t even bother to read the rest of the article because i don’t even want to know.. i am so tired.

    • Char Char Binks on March 6, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      I ain’t no ways tired!

  4. Nessa on July 24, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    While racism against blacks is a problem, you cant say they have never killed whites in suspicious arrests or when called to someones house. Theres a lot of corrupt police, violent police, racist and sometimes scared police that are too quick to shoot.

  5. ZeroTo100 on July 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    TO ALL MY BLACK BROTHERS AND SISTERS: “JUSTICE OR ELSE” OCT.10TH 2015 WASHINGTO,DC… IT’S NOT ONLY TIME FOR THIS, IT’S LONG OVER DUE!! I WILL BE THERE!… TO ALL OF THE WHITE PEOPLE: “KARMA’S A BITCH”, AND IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING FOR YOU KKK MINDED MUTHAFUCKERS!!..I’M ELATED AND CAN’T WAIT!..

    • kelly on July 25, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      me too i will be there , cause this message farakhan is bringing will be heard he is powerful, and he makes way more since than sharpton them do .. so what he is muslim im not but i dont care if he landed a space ship from mars he will protect

  6. Giselle Marie Medina on July 28, 2015 at 9:05 am

    This is true! Hispanic membership in the KKK is on the rise. Beware! Mexicans like Brian Encinia are dying to get into the Klan. Who’s next to join? African Americans! You hate Hispanics. Making us white when it’s convenient to fit the stereotype of a bad cop. You’re racist! Do we look like a box of crayons? Do you get to pick our color based on your mood? A Hispanic lynching an African American? REALLY? That’s some fucked up shit right there! You like stirring the pot. You want the kettle to be called black. Seeking a cause. An excuse. Anything to take the focus off of you. Because you’re the cause. Like MJ said. Start with the man in the mirror. Make that change. Focus on actions not race. What’s the difference between an angry black man and a bad cop? Nothing. They’re both stereotypes. Let them go. Peace!

  7. Char Char Binks on March 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    BOO! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Scared you niggers!