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Digital Artist Elizabeth Mputu’s Guided Meditation Video Honors the Late Sandra Bland (Watch)

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Digital Artist Elizabeth Mputu’s Guided Meditation Video Honors the Late Sandra Bland (Watch)

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A Texas grand jury announced Monday that it wouldn’t indict anyone connected to the death of Sandra Bland, one of many cases from this year that highlights excessive police force against American people of color. Bland was discovered hanging dead in a jail cell last summer, leading many to rightfully question the publicized evidence that suggested her passing was self-inflicted.

Like many of us nationwide, digital artist Elizabeth Mputu is not only mourning today the loss of Bland’s life, but also the verdict of yet another shameful case that ruled in favor of the white man. The more our judicial system racks up biased cases like this, the more we’re left to believe that “black women’s lives just don’t matter.” In response to Monday’s news, Mputu has created a 27-minute meditation video to help guide her grieving peers toward self care—a “virtual ritual” to honor the late Sandra Bland.

“The fact that even within my own house my aunt questions whether or not the police killed her, it’s this idea that brown and black bodies can just vanish without anyone really knowing for certain how to put the idea of them to rest,” Mputu said. “I’ve been working on a series of cyber meditations meant to ease people of Internet-related stress they cultivate in their day-to-day virtual lives. When I found out last night [about Sandra], I already knew what I would be confronted with on social media, so I used that time to meditate and reflect on how I felt about [the verdict] as a protective forcefield before signing back on to talk and grieve with others.”

Watch the powerful video, below: