Charles Ramsey: ‘Take that reward and give it to’ the kidnap victims

Most folks have heard about the heroic efforts of Charles Ramsey. If not, here is a quick recap: 

On Tuesday, Mr. Ramsey  was eating at a McDonald’s in Cleveland, when he heard cries for help. When he went to investigate,  he noticed a young woman screaming for someone to call 911, and trying to kick down the door of her house.  It turned out the young woman was Amanda Berry. She had been kidnapped over ten years ago.  There  was also two other young women that had been held captive with Berry–Gina DeJesus & Michelle Knight. The young women suffered years of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.  It was the speedy actions of Ramsey (he eventually kicked down the door), that helped save the lives of all three women.

Of course, Mr. Ramsey became an instant media sensation. He was just an everyday guy having lunch and got involved.  It was amazing, because there have been countless stories of folks that have literally stepped over a person dying on the sidewalk.  Mr. Ramsey obviously is an old school guy, and presented himself as such. His words “I knew something was wrong when a pretty little white girl ran into a black man’s arms,” is going down as the soundbite of 2013, trust me. There have been several articles written about Mr. Ramsey’s lively personality, and how it came across on the national news :

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/05/07/181982154/are-we-laughing-with-charles-ramsey

http://guyism.com/humor/charles-ramsey-rescues-three-women-gives-greatest-interview-in-the-history-of-television.html

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/05/07/charles_ramsey_amanda_berry_rescuer_becomes_internet_meme_video.html

Some folks thought Mr. Ramsey’s heroic efforts were being mocked, because of his quirky personality. I have to admit, I chuckled when I heard Mr. Ramsey say what he said. I thought he was being raw and honest, and I got what he was saying.  I wasn’t laughing at him at all. I am a black woman who comes from a black family sprinkled with Charles Ramseys. Like Ms. Sweet Brown before him,  they represent themselves as they are, because they are not ashamed of who they are. Why should they be? They should not be defined by their dialect or that they have a head-wrap on their head or that they don’t give bland responses.  Of course, there are those that are going to run with these images  (memes). However, from what I can tell on the (black) blogs, black folks have much respect for  Mr. Ramsey, and nodded their heads knowingly at his words.

I wish Mr. Ramsey well…

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