If you’ve been following the news, than you’ve probably come across the almost unbelievable story of Charles Ramsey.
On late Monday afternoon (while eating his meal from McDonald’s), the Cleveland resident heard a woman screaming outside of his home. With his half-eaten Big Mac still in hand, a concerned Charles ran towards the troubled woman only to discover that his seemingly friendly neighbor, Ariel Castro had been keeping kidnap victim Amanda Berry and two others (Gina Dejesus and Michelle Knight) hostage in his basement for the last ten years.
Shortly after dealing with an unresponsive and slow 911 dispatcher, police and news reporters finally made their way to the scene. But the highlight of these series of events was when Cleveland’s local ABC news interviewed the animated yet shocked Ramsey.
And because of their animated dialogue, the clip below along with a slew of memes and gifs like these have become a viral hit on the web.
THE VIDEO THAT WENT VIRAL:
Now you may have chuckled after you read about Ramsey’s half-eaten Big Mac or died of laughter about how Ramsey pointed out the fact that a white woman strangely ran into a black man’s arms, but to me, seeing shared links about this new “hilarious hero” has made me do nothing more than shake my head. Not just because I don’t see where the humor is, but because when I step back, the media’s spotlight on Ramsey’s behavior in front of a camera has overshadowed his good deed.
LAUGHING WITH US OR AT US?
Since the days of Antoine Dodson’s ‘Hide Yo’ Kids,’ the digital realm has been flooded with auto-tuned jingles and memes, making lower class, far from polished African-Americans the laughing stock of bored television viewers and web surfers (Exhibit A: Sweet Brown).
I must say that I did find it surprising when I came across Slate.com’s write-up on the racial subtleties behind the media coverage of Charles Ramsey:
Ramsey has become the latest in a fairly recent trend of “hilarious” black neighbors, unwitting Internet celebrities whose appeal seems rooted in a “colorful” style that is always immediately recognizable as poor or working-class. (READ MORE)
Interesting…In conclusion, I think we all should listen to what Charles told Anderson Cooper in his most recent interview:
Up until yesterday the only thing that kept me from losing sleep was the lack of money. You see what I’m saying? So now that that’s going on. I could have done this last year. Not this hero stuff. Just do the right thing. [...] I’ll tell you what you do [with the reward]. Give it to them. Because if people have been following this case since last night and you’ve been following me since last night, you’d know I got a job anyway.
What’s your take on all this?
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