In this scene I would like to point out that Sam has his back to Karli
He's showing her that he's not ready to fight because he can't even see her if she were to attack. He's showing his intentions in only wanting to talk. He used his body as well as his words to get her to talk to him. Sam Wilson everybody.
ITS OK MARVEL WE JUST WANNA TALK
GIVE US THE COUPLES THERAPY BLOOPERS LIKE YOU DID WITH ZEMO DANCING
I don't know if it's that deep, but I suddenly realized the difference between why Steve became Captain America and why John Walker became Captain America, and how that relates to Sam so well.
Steve never got picked for the serum because he was particularly tall or strong or skilled or smart, he got picked because Erskine saw something good in him, something special he knew would become even greater with the serum.
Erskine specifically didn't pick the obvious choice he was pressured to pick by others, which was Hodge at the time. Like Col. Phillips said, "Hodge passed every test we gave him. He's big, he's fast and he obeys orders. He's a soldier", does that remind you of someone?
John Walkers is big, fast, and he obeys orders. He's a soldier.
Steve never chose Sam because he was big or fast or a good soldier, he chose Sam because of why Erskine had chosen him; his good heart and the determination to do what's right. He saw that in Sam, the goodness of his heart, his determination and the strong will to help others no matter the cost.
That's why Sam is Captain America, even without the shield. The shield is not Cap, the heart is. The shield is a tangible symbol, one you can hold up and claim as yours, but the "not a perfect soldier but a good man" metaphor of Erskine is what's most essential, and that can't be forced by governmental support or flashy public stunts.
John Walker with his missions and skills and orders may be a perfect soldier, but Sam is a good man. A good man who kicks ass
And that's why Sam Wilson is Captain America.
sam making sure karli's death wasn't in vain by explaining to the goverment offcial (and on live tv) about what her fight truly was, making sure isaiah's story is no longer ereased, getting sharon her pardon, etc.
a captian america who fights for literally everyone.
the cashier at home depot, who saw the video of john walker murdering someone with a shield that was very publicly taken away from him, and now has to sell him metal disks, a welding iron, and spray paint for his DIY project