Video of the Day: Black Houston Teen Reveals the ‘Unwritten Rules’ his Mother has Instilled in him to Keep him Safe in a Heartbreaking Viral Video

A teen has revealed the ‘unwritten rules’ his mother makes him follow as a young black man in a viral video that highlights white privilege and racial injustice.

Cameron Welch, 18, from Houston, Texas, shared the powerful clip on TikTok last week, just days after the death of George Floyd — an unarmed black man — at the hands of a white police officer.

In the video, he lists the rules his mom has instilled in him because of the color of his skin, from always having a receipt for his purchases to never talking back to a police officer.

‘Don’t put your hands in your pockets. Don’t put your hoody on. Don’t be outside with no shirt on,’ he says at the start of the clip. ‘Check in with your people; it don’t matter even if you’re down the street. Don’t be out too late.’

Welch goes on to explain that he has to take extra care when he is in a store, out in public, and even driving his own car.

‘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,’ he says. ‘Never make it look like there is 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 do-rag on. Don’t go out in public with neither. 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,’ he adds. ‘If you ever get pulled over, hands on the dashboard and ask could you get out your license and registration.’

The video has been viewed more than 8.2 million times and has received over 40,000 comments about the injustice in America.

‘I am so sorry. America has failed,’ one TikTok user commented, while someone shared: ‘The fact that you can’t just live your life is sickening.’

Others shared that their mothers have taught them the same things, with one person responding: ‘We shouldn’t have to live like this.’

Welch’s video came just a few day after Floyd, 46, died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.

After he was arrested for allegedly using counterfeit $20 bill at a deli, white officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd became unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Chauvin has since been taken into police custody and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Welch told BuzzFeed News that he shared the clip because he wants people to understand the rules his mother had to instill in him because he is black.

‘Our voices are heard but not felt by the people. We endure too much pain and hurt to just be heard — we need you to feel just a fragment of what my people feel on a day-to-day basis in order to get meaningful change,’ he said.

‘I believe if you felt the bottled-up emotions of silence that our country makes us hold in, then we can make real change, because not one race should ever feel this way.’

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Erica Tempesta

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