Sandra Bland’s family and friends believe that foul play was involved in her death, and rightly so. Their belief is bolstered by the fact that the head sheriff of Waller County, Glenn Smith, who made the first public comments about Bland’s in-custody death, was suspended for documented cases of racism when he was chief of police in Hempstead, Texas, in 2007. Afterward, as frequently happened in these cases, someone from the record label or music publisher fluent in music notation created the lead sheet, writing down only the lead melody, lyrics, names of chords and, thankfully, at least the key bass riff.
This regular violence propels a deeply racist and militarized society. The older focus on literal melodic copying systematically disfavored artists of color.It is a violence that turns on young people and adults alike who are considered disposable. This type of harassment is integral to a form of domestic terrorism in which Black people are routinely beaten, arrested, incarcerated and too often killed. Relying on this presumed exclusion of harmonic and rhythmic elements, record companies perennially promoted white artists from Elvis Presley to Iggy Azalea who could perform songs imitating artistic innovations of black artists.This is the new totalitarianism of the boot-in-your-face racism, one in which the punishing state is the central institution for both controlling poor people of color and enforcing the rules of the financial elite. The United States has become a country that is proud of what is should be ashamed of. Many copyright experts have been content to live with this system, so long as marginalized artists of color were the ones to suffer the inequity.On July 9, soon after Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, moved to Texas from Naperville, Illinois, to take a new job as a college outreach officer at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M, she was pulled over by the police for failing to signal while making a lane change. However, none of this is precluded by copyright law.What followed has become all too common and illustrates the ever-increasing rise in domestic terrorism in the United States. is a motor vehicle[.]” United States v Johnson, 718 F.2d 1317, 1324 (5th Cir. Other right to use an automobile cases: - EDWARDS VS. While music copyright cases up to the mid-20th century often focused on catchy melodies, contemporary cases consider harmonic and rhythmic elements as well.
She was pulled out of the car by the police for allegedly becoming combative, and was pinned to the ground by two officers. I can’t even hear.” She was then arrested for assaulting an officer, a third-degree felony, and interned at the Waller County, Texas, jail. Quite unbelievably, the police reported that she took her own life, and the Waller County Jail is trying to rule her death a suicide. A.5(Tex.), 8 F.3d 226, 235″ 19A Words and Phrases – Permanent Edition (West) pocket part 94. The older view derived from a white, European — often “high brow” — approach to music.A video obtained by ABC 7 of Bland’s arrest “doesn’t appear to show Bland being combative with officers but does show two officers on top of Bland.” A witness reported that “he saw the arresting officer pull Bland out of the car, throw her to the ground and put his knee on her neck while he arrested her.” In the video, Bland can be heard questioning the officers’ methods of restraint. Friends and family say that this scenario is inconceivable, given what they know about Sandra: She was a young woman starting a new job, who was eagerly looking forward to her future.. “A soldier’s personal automobile is part of his ‘household goods[.]’ U. This marginalized the influential harmonic and rhythmic innovations of artists of color from jazz on through rock and hip-hop.Sandra Bland was an outspoken civil rights activist critical of police brutality. While black artists complained about these issues for decades, it is only when the tradition of white misappropriation of black musical innovation is threatened that the system comes under thunderous scrutiny.She often posted videos in which she talked about important civil rights issues, and once stated: “I’m here to change history. Further, a narrow interpretation of lead sheets is inappropriate.If we want a change we can really truly make it happen.” To read more articles by Henry A. Like many composers in modern pop music genres, Gaye did not read or write European music notation.Giroux and other authors in the Public Intellectual Project, click here. Instead, he composed the song in the studio, directing performances and the recording.