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Oh Go Stuff Your Damn Racist Memes

Oh puh-leez ma sistah, step off.

The guy is a hero. OK, he’s a small hero, but he’s a man that did the Right Thing at the Right Time. Good for him.

And I think he’s achieving instant internet stardom not because he’s a low income ghetto dweller but because he’s an honest and personable fellow. The man is a natural story teller; he relates this tragic story in a way that makes you smile. People love him. He’s funny. And that has nothing to do with what he looks like or where he’s from. The interview video is on two posts further down this page, so I won’t post it again.

Some people have their heads screwed on backwards, I swear.


Does a Cleveland man’s dizzying ascent to viral stardom expose America’s racist underbelly?

No sooner did America hear about the miraculous story of three long-missing women being freed from captivity in a Cleveland home did Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who reportedly aided in their escape, become an internet star.

Ramsey was one of the first to provide reporters with an eyewitness account of the rescue of Amanda Berry who, along with Georgina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, had been missing for a decade. (Read more about their rescue here.) Ramsey offered America a candid, self-effacing report that immediately caught the eye of thousands upon thousands of people all over the world. Like any good story, Ramsey peppered his tale with details ("I was eaten’ my McDonald’s") and offered a humorous analysis of an otherwise unbelievable situation: “Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something’s wrong here. Dead giveaway.”

But as Ramsey’s cult-of-personality swelled, criticism also emerged.

“What’s really getting everyone’s attention isn’t his intervention in saving the women’s lives,” says Roger Ratchet at Gossip On This, “it’s his wide-eyed, tactless, and ebonics-peppered speech that has everyone in stitches.”

Ramsey is not the first black American to be thrust suddenly into the spotlight this way. Remember Antoine Dodson of “Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wife” or Sweet Brown of “Aint Nobody Got Time for That”? They also gave equally frank local TV interviews that were manipulated, memed, catch-phrased, and forwarded around for entertainment.

In the eyes of many critics of these memes, the common denominator among Ramsey, Dodson, and Sweet Brown is that they are poor and black. And to some, this kind of meme-ification reveals America’s racist underbelly. “Laughter directed at Sweet Brown plays into the most basic stereotyping of blacks as simple-minded ramblers living in the “ghetto,” says Aisha Harris at Slate. The root of such jokes are “disrespectful at best.” Harris continues:

It’s difficult to watch these videos and not sense that their popularity has something to do with a persistent, if unconscious, desire to see black people perform. Indeed, Ramsey’s race and class are central to his temporary celebrity, says Gene Demby at NPR. And these memes are patronizing.

Total BS. Ramsey’s charm lies in what he says and how he says it. The man is completely frank and bluntly honest, which is an amazing breath of fresh air in this day and age. No, I don’t live in his world, and he doesn’t live in mine. So what? I’d have this guy over for beers and barbecue any time.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/09/2013 at 07:50 AM   
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