White Cop Helps Black Man: Shattered Stereotypes

| by Sheena Vasani
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A March 27 photo of a white cop in Georgia helping a black man is being praised and shared widely for shattering stereotypes.

Anthony Dixon captured the moment on camera after he stopped at a convenience while on his way to work.

“I saw a city police officer helping and teaching a young brother how to put air in his the heavy rain,” Dixon wrote on Facebook. “This touched my heart because of the negative media about black men and officers of law, here's a positive sign that love exist[s] in America and not hate, discrimination, nor racism.”

“MLK would have loved this moment,” he added.

Yet his inspiring post ended in cynicism.

“However this post most likely won’t go viral because it’s not showing a black man being harm[ed] or being murdered by an officer of law,” said Dixon, who is black.

His predictions may not have been entirely accurate, however. As of 12:00 p.m. PST, it has been shared more than 1,000 times.

While reports cannot officially confirm the police officer’s identity, Facebook users speculate the man’s name is Chris Youngblood.

Dixon, however, is not the first to try cast police officers in a more humane light.

Will Stack, a young African-American man from South Carolina,  posted a video April 8, 2015, after he was respectfully pulled over by a white police officer.

"Just because you're black doesn't mean you're a victim, just because you're white doesn't mean you're a racist, just because you're a cop doesn't mean you're a bad person,” he said in the video.

He later told BBC that he "... wanted to put something positive out there - not all cops are bad,” but that he also wasn’t trying to sweep the very real problem of police racism under the rug.

"A lot of the naysayers felt like I was trying to overshadow the problem. I'm just trying to change it for the good," he added.

Sources: Anthony Dixon/FacebookWill Stack/FacebookBBC  / Photo credit: Anthony Dixon/Facebook 

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