Sat 11 May 2013 by abagond
Charles Ramsey, an American dishwasher, did
something that the Cleveland police and the FBI could not do: with the
help of Angel Cordero he freed three women (and a girl) who had been
missing for ten years, locked away in his neighbour’s house. The police
had been called repeatedly about strange doings at the house – even
reports of naked women being led like dogs – but did little. The very
same police who let Anthony Sowell to rape and murder 11 women.
In one week in May 2013 Charles Ramsey went from American hero to Internet buffoon to demonized brute. It
was like America could not bear the sight of an ordinary, working-class
black man as hero. It had to make fun of how he talks. It had to
unearth his police record and splash it across the Internet. He either
had to be laughed at or torn down. Brute or buffoon. The culture seems
incapable of consuming him in any other form.
It gives lie to the idea that whites would stop being racist if blacks “proved themselves” worthy of their respect.
On Wednesday a buffoon: I saw the interview, the one where the reporter cuts him off when he said:
I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway!
I did not see anything to laugh at in the interview. Ramsey was just
saying what took place. I thought it was a good interview, full of
concrete images, like:
I’m eating my McDonald’s; I come outside; I see this girl going nuts.
[My neighbour's] got some big testicles to pull this off, bro, because we see this dude every day. I mean every day.
I barbecued with this dude! We ate ribs and whatnot, and listened to salsa music!
Then I saw the Internet memes and the Auto-Tune video that went viral. It was like Sweet Brown and Antoine Dodson
all over again. Dodson saved his sister from a rapist. Brown escaped
with her life from a fire. Both were working-class blacks. Both became a
laughingstock on the Internet because of how they talk – even though
there was nothing unintelligent or unclear in what they said.
On Thursday a brute: The Smoking Gun website made
his police record public: he was in prison for beating his wife. He
served his time, he has been clean for the past ten years, why is it
necessary to bring this up? Is this what we do to people who save
Ramsey, to his credit, pointed out how that past has made him a better man:
There was a woman in distress, why turn
your back on that? My father would have whooped the hell out of me if he
had found out I would coward out. You tough in these bars, and you beat
a woman, but you won’t help one out? … I’m the definition of a man.
| jacque wrote:|
Maybe it’s because he is not a rented Negro. I had an uneasy feeling in
my stomach after the initial interview that he would be attacked.I am
sure plenty of non whites help in belittling him. He is a man who did
the right thing. He is a Black man who really stepped up. His past be
damned. Where are the calls to help this guy get a better job? He
certainly has the character for it. The viral video of a bullied white
granny on a bus garnered thousands in donations.She retired. How about
that black guy who saved someone from being crushed by a NYC subway?
Minorities (blacks and browns,yellows) have nothing to prove to the
white people. Would he still be a hero had the girls been black and
Latino? I wonder. All I heard about was how the white girl was so brave.
And yes ,she was. But as we see bravery comes in all colors.