(boost the signal)
Charles Ramsey is a hero. He doesn’t wear a suit of high-tech armor. He doesn’t wear a cape. He’s just an ordinary guy,living an ordinary life.
Then, he saw a woman asking for help.
And he helped her.
He didn’t walk away.
He didn’t think of himself.
He just helped her.
It took less than a day for someone to make this heroic man into a joke.
As proud as Charles Ramsey makes me to be a human, those people make me ashamed.
No, he doesn’t speak perfectly.
No, he didn’t take the time to fix his hair before he went on camera.
He’s an African American man from an economically depressed neighborhood, city, and state.
And for that, he’s mocked and ridiculed.
It breaks my heart.
Now, in yet another heroic moment Mr. Ramsey’s response to Anderson Cooper’s inquiry about a possible reward Charles has proven he’s truly worthy of the hero mantle.
No, no, no. Bro, I’m a Christian, an American, and just like you. We bleed same blood, put our pants on the same way. It’s just that you got to put that – being a coward, and I don’t want to get in nobody’s business. You got to put that away for a minute…I tell you what you do, give [the reward] to them. Because if folks been following this case since last night, you been following me since last night, you know I got a job anyway. Just went picked it up, paycheck. What that address say? […] 2203 Seymour. Where are them girls living? Right next door to this paycheck. So yes, take that reward and give it to—that little girl[.]
Thank you Charles Ramsey.
The full interview w/ Anderson Cooper can be found here.
As a Clevelander, I am sadden for the things my city is known for. For those not following closely, 11 bodies — Women of Color - were found in Anthony Sowell’s basement in 2009. There’s a book that address this problem called Nobody’s Women. Cleveland officials responded by saying that more would be done to find missing women and children, more resources dedicated to this pursuit. The reaction the the 911 operator seriously concerns me. But, there is something else that just makes me sick.
EDITED TO ADD: AND I DARE ANY OF THESE REPUBLICANS WHO SAY YOU CAN’T GET PREGNANT FROM A TRUE RAPE TO EXPLAIN THIS. EXPLAIN THIS.
Ramsey for Congress.