Viral 'Take Some Responsi-Damn-Bility': Man's Call to Black Community Goes Viral
Steve Doocy talked this morning with a man whose message to fellow African Americans about personal responsibility has gone viral.
Fredrick Wilson II's message a few weeks after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is being re-shared on social media following the grand jury decision.
In the video, Wilson calls on African Americans to take “personal responsi-damn-bility” for their lives and stop blaming others.
“Black people, it is 2014. I hate to break this to you — if your life is messed, it ain’t because of slavery. Your ass was never a slave, you probably ain’t know nobody that was a slave, you probably don’t know nobody that knew nobody that was a slave. Slavery ended a long time ago. Yes, it put us in a big hole in this county, but guess what? Dig your way out of it.”
Wilson talked to Doocy this morning to further explain his message in light of the new protests following the Eric Garner grand jury decision in New York.
He said being black, he directed the message to African Americans, but wanted to emphasize that people of all races should consider what he's saying.
Wilson said that young black people need to be careful not to "escalate" when they encounter police officers on the street.
He said that is not the time to argue or try to "plead your case" to the police officer.
"If they tell you to stop, freeze, whatever, just go along, follow their instructions. If they're telling you to do something you know is unlawful or you know is wrong. Get the cop's name, get the badge number, you can go down the next day and file a complaint. But out in the street, at night, is not the time the time to cause a situation. You gotta understand these cops are people. They don’t know you. They don’t know what you are capable of. At the end of the day they want to get home to their families and if you put them in a situation to where they have to make a choice between your life and their life, they’re gonna choose their life," said Wilson.
He also argued that anyone who is out in the street "dealing with cops all the time" should take a closer look at what they're doing with their life.
"If your neighborhood is messed up, work with the police. Get to know the officers that work in your neighborhood," said Wilson.
Watch the interview above.