Open Thread: Charles Ramsey, Charles Ramsey, Charles Ramsey

Watching a lot of the neighbors in the Cleveland kidnapping case tell reporters about how they called police made me love Charles Ramsey all the more.
Publish date:
May 8, 2013
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"Charles Ramsey: I'm No Hero."

"Cleveland Hero Charles Ramsey, Now in T-Shirt Form."

"The Troubling Viral Trend of the 'Hilarious' Black Neighbor."

"Cleveland's Hero."

"Charles Ramsey: Women's Rescuer Becomes Unlikely Hero, Internet Sensation."

I'm glad to see Charles Ramsey blow up. It doesn't even bother me to see the shuck-shuck nudge-nudging of TV anchors talk about what a "character" he is and how "colorful" and perhaps the most offensive description "rambling" (you try being succinct after experiencing something like this) his interview was. Was the treatment of him condescending? To me, yes. But hey, that's the national spotlight.

I'm mostly just loving him owning that light.

What makes me love this dude all the more is that after watching interview after interview of neighbors in the Cleveland kidnapping tell the "Today" show this morning that they too called the police after seeing a naked woman on a leash and another woman banging on the window asking for help, but police never came, is that Ramsey doesn't have a "thisclose" story. He has The Story. He doesn't want the reward money. He just wants the girls to be okay. That's true hero shit, man.

Calling the police dispatcher out for being slow. Busting down the damn door rather than fearing getting involved and things getting messy. Just saying what he was doing that day, and recounting why he did the right thing.

“Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms,” Ramsey said. “I come outside and I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of her house so I go on the porch and she says, ‘Help me get out, I've been in here a long time.' And she comes out with a little girl and she says, ‘Call 911. My name is Amanda Berry.’”

Have you been following the story? What are your thoughts?


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