An African-American U.S. Army National Guard member named Will Stack says it is time to be honest about issues related to race and labels, so he made a video where he asserts that African Americans should “have respect for police officers.” When Stack made this video, he was fully aware of the Walter Scott shooting and the organizations promoting the “Black Lives Matter” movement, but he says it is time to “stop putting labels [on] people” since “God doesn’t see color… why should we?”
In a related report by the Inquisitr, witness Feidin Santana claims that former police officer Michael Slager lied about the Taser fight. Another witness named Gwen Nichols says she saw what happened before the events of the infamous video. Walter Scott’s family has ordered Al Sharpton to stay far away from them, saying, “We don’t want another Ferguson type circus here.”
Before making the above video, Will Stack explains that he was driving in Lexington, South Carolina, when he was pulled over by a police officer for “improper use of the median.” Stack calmly turned off his music, kept his hands on the wheel, and waited until he was asked for his license and registration. After issuing a warning, the officer and driver went their separate ways, but the incident inspired Stack to record his thoughts.
“I was in the wrong, I didn’t realize it,” Stack said. “I just did it out of habit. The point of this is to say that I am an African American male, this gentleman was Caucasian. There were no problems. He did his job, I did what I was supposed to do, and that was it.”
Will Stack said this after seeing the Walter Scott shooting video. Stack said it wasn’t a good idea for Scott to have run from his own traffic stop, but he was also concerned about the use of force by police officer Michael Slager. But the main point in this video was to say he believes that everyone needs to understand how the use of labels is hurting society.
“The world really needs to stop putting labels on people and things and see them as who they are: people doing jobs, doing things. Ignorance has no color. God doesn’t see color,” Stack said. “Why should we?”
This video was posted this past Wednesday on Facebook and quickly went viral. According to WIS-TV, U.S. Army National Guardsman decided he wanted to further explain why he made the video.
“It’s possible for African Americans and police officers to get along. It’s possible for African Americans to have respect for police officers and what they do. And, not everybody shares the same mindset because nobody’s the same, everybody’s different. We don’t know what all cops do, we don’t know what all Caucasian people do. The only thing we know is what’s highlighted, what’s put in the media, which, unfortunately, is nine times our of ten are the negative things. I just wanted to bring something positive to social media, something positive to the world to let people know there are good cops out there, there are intelligent Africans out there, it exists.”
What do you think about Will Stack’s thoughts about the Walter Scott shooting and relations between police officers and African Americans?