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What I saw was a good man and masterful storyteller telling us about the America most of us are unwilling to acknowledge, or dare not speak about.
I was surprised this week at the global feasting at the expense of Charles Ramsey, the black man who secured the freedom of three women hostages held in the doldrums of west Cleveland. Mr. Ramsey did what so many of us choose not to do — to be a responsible adult willing to step forward for the greater good.
And for his good deed Mr. Ramsey was rewarded by fame — not so much for what he did — but how he described the events. Many around the world laughed at Charles Ramsey’s colorful storytelling and urban patois when they ought to have been honoring him for his heroic behavior.
What these people saw was entertainment. Ramsey’s deed was a selfless act on behalf of a stranger.
Ramsey is a masterful story-teller — plainspoken jabs delivered with the timing and cunning of Richard Pryor or Dave Chappelle.
In a television interview Charles Ramsey told the world more about his hometown than most of us might wish to hear.
Well, I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrooong here.
Either she homeless, or she got problems, that’s the only why she’s runnin’ to a black man.
Thus Charles Ramsey, masterful storyteller, extolled a global audience about the troubled nation he lives in — one most of its citizens dare not speak about. Doesn’t he know you can’t talk about such things on live television?
Next time you’re listening to a boring speech, or politician hobbled by talking points, or hysterical TV reporter trying to make something unimportant seem worthy of breaking news, remember Charles Ramsey.
Not the comedian — the hero.