Black Teen Shares His Mom’s Rules to Stay Safe Outside of the House in Viral Video


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Amid protesters demanding justice for black lives taken by police brutality, the world is taking to social media to use their voice through written posts, photos, drawings, and videos. Their messages are being read, watched, and listened to more than ever. Such as this viral video by a young black teen on TikTok.

Cameron Welch is an 18-year-old whose mom gave him rules while he was growing up to stay safe whenever he went out in public, which he said he memorized by the time he was 11 years old. He listed them out in a 53-second TikTok video, and it’s been viewed over 11 million times already.

Jus some unwritten rules my mom makes me follow as a young black man #blacklivesmatter.”

-caption of TikTok video
@skoodupcam

Jus some unwritten rules my mom makes me follow as a young black man ##fyp ##blacklivesmatter

♬ original sound – marcappalott

In this moment in our country, it was necessary for me to use my voice, so I put out the video. I wanted people to hear and understand the real truth of a Black man’s daily experience. I want people to see that we need change and that no one should have to live like this.”

Welch told HuffPost

Here is the list from the video:

  • Don’t put your hands in your pockets.
  • Don’t put your hoodie on.
  • Don’t be outside without a shirt on.
  • Check in with your people, even if you’re down the street.
  • Don’t be out too late.
  • Don’t touch anything you’re not buying.
  • Never leave the store without a receipt or a bag, even if it’s just a pack of gum.
  • Never make it look like there’s an altercation between you and someone else.
  • Never leave the house without your ID.
  • Don’t drive with a wifebeater on.
  • Don’t drive with a du-rag on.
  • Don’t go out in public with a wifebeater or a du-rag.
  • Don’t ride with the music too loud.
  • Don’t stare at a Caucasian woman.
  • If a cop stops you randomly and starts questioning you, don’t talk back, just compromise.
  • If you ever get pulled over, put your hands on the dashboard and ask if you can get your license and registration out.

In the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and many others, it makes sense that other black teens and POC commented on the video that their moms gave them the same or similar rules as kids.

This is why people are out protesting every day. So that no mother has to raise their child in a world where they need to memorize rules like these or live in fear because of the clothes they wear, for questioning a police officer, or for looking at a white woman. This is why we all need to stand against racism, to educate ourselves and others, and change.

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