It is dangerous for a black man to go out in America, as they are three times more likely to be killed by law enforcement, have 1.
5 times greater risk of being the victim of homicide, and likely to be arrested for drug-related offenses.
By the age of 11, Cameron Welch had to memorize the list of warnings his mother had given him to follow when he leaves the house. She created 16 rules for him and by the age of 18 he has memorized all the rules and shared it on TikTok to show people what it is like to live in America as a black man
18-year-old Cameron Welch from Houston shared his 16 rule with the caption “Jus some unwritten rules my mom makes me follow as a young black man #blacklivesmatter,” in a TikTok which has now over 10.4 million views.
The rule that he shares is long and covers everything from how to behave in a store so that the clerk won’t accuse you of stealing to how to dress while driving if you don’t want to be pulled over by a cop.
— 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 wife-beater on.
— Don’t drive with a du-rag on.
— Don’t go out in public with a wife-beater 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.
After viewing the post on TikTok one user commented “Saving this video for my future son.” On which he replied his future should not be like this.
In the follow-up video, he also talks about how he says goodbye to his friends after hanging out. He said They don’t say goodbye to each other when heading home instead they say “Stay Safe.”
He said in the clip that every black man has this feeling that whether will they be able to go home safe today.
While talking to the Huffington Post he said that it was necessary for him to use his voice so he put a video, he wants people to know the real truth of black man’s daily experiences.
He said that the incident of George Floyd’s death pushed him to speak out and share what it is like to live with such a heightened awareness of the police. He hopes that this viral video opens people’s eyes to the unfair reality of Black Americans.