Following in the footsteps of DeFord Bailey, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Trini Triggs, and yes… even the godfather of Hick Hop, Cowboy Troy, Country & Western up-and-comer Coffey Anderson is making a name for himself. Yet according to Yahoo News and the Daily Mail, Anderson proves that even though one does something right and decent, there’s always someone to muster up measurable faux-outrage.
Case in point would be the singer’s just released video on how one should conduct themselves if pulled over. Small things like keeping your hands in full view and turn the music off were examples of the tried and true rules that have worked for decades. As he stated on his vid:
“Guys, listen. This is about going home,” Anderson explains in the clip. “There is a big disconnect, because at the end of the day, it’s about stereotypes. The stereotypes that I’ve seen of policemen was the video from Rodney King. And a lot of stereotypes that [cops] see of African American men are not positive… I want to break the wall down between what we really don’t know about each other, to what we can learn from each other. So let’s make a simple protocol that can get you guys home safer – on the police side, and on our side.”
As reported, Coffey posted his clip on his Facebook page, garnering over 30 million views, in which the 38-year-old Texan “advised drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times and avoid movements that suggest they may be reaching for a gun.”
Despite Anderson’s good intentions, there were those who ginned up outrage.
- ‘Man please! So people have to do all this to “make” an officer “feel” safe? When they ask you for your ID and you reach for it, and they shoot you anyway, then what?
- ‘Why are we acting like the drivers are the problem? Why don’t you get a video training officers how to treat and encounter black peoples. Let’s do this both ways.’
But on the other side of the coin, there were those that thanked Anderson.
- ‘This video is clearly not about blaming anyone, but having intentions to save someone’s life by providing safety tips while attempting to connect some of the gap of misunderstanding between each other.
- ‘The video is not denying the stereotypes but rather acknowledging the unfortunate realities that they do exist.’
- ‘This makes me so sad. I’m so sorry this is even necessary but I do appreciate you giving tips and making sure everyone gets home safe.’