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Charles Ramsey's turbulent 15 minutes of fame
AP ^ | 5/8/2013 | Charles Ramsey

Posted on 05/09/2013 7:59:36 PM PDT by MaryLou1

"Helping to free three women from nearly a decade in captivity would seem to be enough. Neighbor Charles Ramsey has also become a star, offering moments of levity in an unspeakably horrible story, free publicity for a restaurant chain and unexpected lessons in race relations.

Ramsey lived next door to where Ariel Castro is alleged to have kept the women in a makeshift prison until Monday afternoon.

Or let him tell it: "I got the day off from work, so naturally you're doing nothing."

Actually, he was "eating my McDonald's," a fact he trumpeted so frequently that the grateful food giant is trying to get in touch with him. A website that compiled some of Ramsey's television interviews kept count of how many times he mentioned McDonald's in each.

Ramsey's realization of what was happening on Monday was itself a revealing observation on race. Seeing a white girl in that situation was "a dead giveaway" that she was either homeless or had other problems, he said.

"When a little pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms, something was wrong," That sentence itself made Ramsey's interviewer uncomfortable. But the sound bite was also highlighted in a parody song and posted online. The phrases picked out for the song — like "we eat ribs with this dude" — also seemed to emphasize Ramsey's blackness.

Ramsey is the latest "hilarious black neighbor" to become an Internet celebrity, wrote Aisha Harris on the website Slate. "It's difficult to watch these videos and not sense their popularity has something to do with a persistent, if unconscious, desire to see black people perform," she wrote.

"I would like for him to be remembered, as he said, as a good man who did what anyone else would have done in that situation," she said."

(Excerpt) Read more at bigstory.ap.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: arielcastro; charlesramsey; mcdonalds; ohio; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills
here we go...
1 posted on 05/09/2013 7:59:36 PM PDT by MaryLou1
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To: MaryLou1
here we go...

Where?

2 posted on 05/09/2013 8:09:49 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: MaryLou1

Charles Ramsey, Cleveland neighbor who helped free women, was domestic abuser
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/charles-ramsey-domestic-violence-211150810.html


3 posted on 05/09/2013 8:15:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: MaryLou1

Charles Ramsey is a true hero. And he is funny as hell! If you listen carefully, he’s quite astute, mixes in a pretty good vocabulary with pithy and descriptive colloquialisms and idiom. He paints a very vivid picture with just a few words.

Quite frankly, this guy could have a career as a standup comedian.


4 posted on 05/09/2013 8:15:20 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: catnipman

Too bad he’s a violent domestic abusers :(


5 posted on 05/09/2013 8:16:16 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: catnipman

Yeah....too bad we know more about him in 48 hours than we know about the “O” in 5 years....


6 posted on 05/09/2013 8:24:17 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: MaryLou1
I’m sorry, this guy is just a good guy. (Except whatever went down domestic)

He is just being himself, and WTH is wrong with that?!

He did a great job and doesn’t think himself a hero, just what anyone would have done..... How many stories have we read where people don’t want to get involved? He DID! He is being maligned because he dared to speak in a non PC voice about a Pretty White Girl... Sounds refreshing to me.

Thank you Charles for your giving a sh1t!

7 posted on 05/09/2013 8:25:19 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: goodnesswins

we don’t know anything about the Benghazi survivors yet either.


8 posted on 05/09/2013 8:30:51 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: catnipman

Today’s line, as he was hugged by women at the airport, was the best...”The only way I could be hugged by so many white women is if I had Bill Gates’ money.”

Seriously, he’s had his problems, but he did his time and appears to have come out better than he went in, and I’ll give the guy credit for that.


9 posted on 05/09/2013 8:33:00 PM PDT by mak5
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To: Graybeard58

I don’t watch much tv and don’t know the details of the story, Guess I wasn’t liking the racism spin from the article

that’s all I was trying to do with the post, everything has to come down to race for some people


10 posted on 05/09/2013 8:33:55 PM PDT by MaryLou1
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To: MaryLou1

the story just seemed to want make him into another victim of the ‘white man’

does the left realize when they marginalize people by categorizing them as a minority and not a person they are objectifying them?

i don’t think they do


11 posted on 05/09/2013 8:37:11 PM PDT by MaryLou1
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To: MaryLou1

eh they probably do which makes it even more evil


12 posted on 05/09/2013 8:38:14 PM PDT by MaryLou1
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To: MaryLou1
Ramsey is the latest "hilarious black neighbor" to become an Internet celebrity, wrote Aisha Harris on the website Slate. "It's difficult to watch these videos and not sense their popularity has something to do with a persistent, if unconscious, desire to see black people perform," she wrote.

I eat McDonald's
I eat ribs

I am so white I don't go to the beach to get a tan; I go to neutralize the blue.

Apologies to the late George Carlin

13 posted on 05/09/2013 8:39:31 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: MaryLou1

“I would like for him to be remembered, as he said, as a good man who did what anyone else would have done in that situation,” she said.”

Yes, agreed, but the fact remains he did what NO ONE ELSE HAD DONE in all those years.

He IS a hero, let us appreciate him for what he did.

Simply, inadvertently, by accident, HOWEVER

He freed those women. Nobody else did that.

This has been a scary story.

I, myself, have a family member who “disapeared” a long time ago.

It is one thing to think your sister/daughter/whoever is dead, it is quite another to think she is a captive in a Cleveland basement.

That horror will go on, but not for these women.

Thanks to that ONE MAN, a hero.

Kudos to you sir.

I will buy your autotune, because $1.00 is all I can afford, but you do deserve recompense, you do.


14 posted on 05/09/2013 8:55:26 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: MaryLou1
Of course, no in-depth analysis of Mr. Ramsey's commentary can go without mentioning his reference to " big testicles" and the "pretty white girl", just to show how Mr. Ramsey's world has been tainted by our white racist stereotypes.

But.... haven't we seen this guy before?


15 posted on 05/09/2013 8:57:29 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: catnipman
A tactic used by divorce lawyers representing the woman where kids are involved is to get the female client to claim she was abused by the husband so it will be easier to get the kids and keep the father from seeing the kids.

In many states, domestic abusers share the same website as sex abusers.

I'm not claiming something similar happened to this guy. I don't know his history but I do know divorce lawyers use this tactic - the liberal side of the Republican vs democrat on my local am radio in the morning admitted this happens. He is a divorce lawyer.

The subject came up during a debate about whether or not my state should revisit who exactly goes on the sex abuse website.

The reason why the subject came up was because of an incident where a man was murdered by strangers because they saw his name on the website and automatically assumed he was a child molester.

16 posted on 05/09/2013 9:03:49 PM PDT by tsowellfan (www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Leave it to the lamestream to dig up the dirt in his past.

No good deed goes unpunished.


17 posted on 05/09/2013 9:04:38 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: MaryLou1
DEAD GIVEAWAY Songified
18 posted on 05/09/2013 9:07:44 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: tsowellfan

It wasn’t sexual abuse to my memory, they referenced Domestic Violence..... Husband/ Wife fight and cops called


19 posted on 05/09/2013 9:10:24 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: goodnesswins
Yeah....too bad we know more about him in 48 hours than we know about the “O” in 5 years....

Exactly. The press investigates who they want to investigate.

And today we also find out that Cruz was a very smart law student. What kind of law student was Barack Hussein?

< crickets chirping >

20 posted on 05/09/2013 9:12:22 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: MaryLou1

I’m reminded of the guy who saved President Ford when that woman tried to shoot him. And then someone had to “out” him as a homosexual and we all got to read about it in the papers. The Media needs to learn that sometimes the less said, the better.


21 posted on 05/09/2013 9:12:49 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: WomBom

Yes but in many states domestic violence subjects (AKA abuse)are put on the same websites as sex abusers.


22 posted on 05/09/2013 9:13:46 PM PDT by tsowellfan (www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: MaryLou1; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

The dishwater media seeks to build people up “he’s a hero!” only to then turn around and trash them “he’s a former(?) abuser himself!!!” all in the span of 2 days.

Keep it up, pressitutes and no one will stick their neck out to do anything again. Too much chance of personal exposure.

It’s been enough to get some people to not run for higher office. Now even everday schlubs will keep in their place to avoid the wrath of snarky journalists (who went from ridiculing his dinner choice of McDonald’s and his racist worldview that a white girl would only call for him if she needed something).

Not everyone wants to be the next viral video joke.


23 posted on 05/09/2013 9:15:31 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: JoeDetweiler

F the media, we need to out the media... every single one of them.

I think it hysterical that nobody in this country has any curiosity about the washington media establishments links to one another... including politicians.

We need a reference list posted that we can review from time to time.


24 posted on 05/09/2013 9:17:14 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: WomBom
I'll say it again... this guy is right on time.

The past can't be changed, unless your a filthy dem, but he did a good deed and should be commended for it.

25 posted on 05/09/2013 9:38:01 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: MaryLou1

So they want to change the way Charles Ramsey interviews on TV because white people like watching the black guy “perform”?

Now THAT is racist. People of all colors are happy the girls were saved. Charles Ramsey is a colorful character (no pun intended) and people liked the way he spoke. It brought a little bit of levity into a horrible situation.

Who’s this author to say how he should act?

If we weren’t talking about him, it would be because we racists don’t like black people!


26 posted on 05/09/2013 9:43:00 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: martin_fierro

Funny, I actually like the tune!

It’s gotta snappy beat!


27 posted on 05/09/2013 9:46:35 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: WomBom

He did his time, and he apologized to those he wronged.

He is an interesting character. There is a bigger issue than race involved in the tearing down of this guy, who did do something heroic and did not ask or work to become a celebrity. Whatever happened to “diversity and tolerance” when we ridicule someone who looks different and speaks differently than ourselves? The left especially ripped this guy apart. They just _hate_ heroes, because the individual can’t possibly contribute anything individually according to their doctrine. It takes a village, you know. Like the gooberment po-po who were working the cases diligently for a total of 30 years...


28 posted on 05/09/2013 9:54:28 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is v?ery late in the day.")
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To: bigbob
"But.... haven't we seen this guy before?"

I was thinking the exact same thing when I first saw him.

29 posted on 05/09/2013 10:09:24 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield ("GTFO out of our house BHOmo.")
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To: MaryLou1
desire to see black people perform

Yeah, that reporterette sure is trying to spin something and I won't say what. I'm sure 99% weren't the least bit uncomfortable with what Ramsey said. When he said that about knowing something was wrong when a little pretty white woman ran into his ares, I smiled. A huge smile. If nothing, it was endearing of him. Why can't the msm just report instead of spinning things and getting their panties in a bunch over nothing.

30 posted on 05/09/2013 10:11:59 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: catnipman

Lot of funny people out there who are horrible people. He seems to be one of those types.


31 posted on 05/10/2013 4:05:22 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: catnipman
His conversation with the 911 dispatcher has some real classics. His reference to a tank-top shirt as a "wife-beater" was hilarious, and this bit of the transcript is unforgettable:

Dispatcher: Do you know the address next door that she said she was in?

Ramsey: Yes 2207, I’m looking at it.

Dispatcher: Okay I thought that was your address, that house.

Ramsey: No No, I’m smarter than that bro, I’m telling you where the crime was, not my house.

..........

And in response to a question from the dispatcher there's this great quote that should become a McDonald's promotional tagline if there is any justice in this world:

Ramsey: I don’t have a f***ing clue, bro, I just got out of McDonald’s.

32 posted on 05/10/2013 4:21:50 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But I have heard he has become a Christian.


33 posted on 05/10/2013 5:08:24 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: catnipman

Yeah he’s a regular Mr. Bo Jangles ain’t he! The Black Hero rides again.


34 posted on 05/10/2013 5:21:08 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: napscoordinator

And just why, in your opinion, is he a horrible person?


35 posted on 05/10/2013 5:45:38 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Domestic violence!!!!! Do you really have to ask or was your post sarcastic?


36 posted on 05/10/2013 6:09:11 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: napscoordinator
Oh, I see. So you don't believe in any redemption. I wonder what you've done in your life that we can condemn you forever for. Have you never committed a sin? Have you never broken any law? I guess you consider yourself equal to Jesus - you've lived a perfect life?

It appears that he paid for his crime and has since lived a crime-free life. I once condemned my neighbor for having a prison record until I finally found out what he went to jail for. He beat the man who his ex-wife was married to for hitting his son with a 2 x 4. Would you condemn him too for having a criminal record? Was it legal for him to beat the guy? No, however, was it justified - absolutely YES! I have seen from some of your other posts how absolutely judgmental you are and I find you are certainly not the Christian you claim to be.

Matthew 7:1-5
Judge not, that you may not be judged,
2 For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 Any why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye?
4 Or how sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye; and behold a beam is in thy own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam in thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

37 posted on 05/10/2013 7:38:32 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Liberals usually feel the way you do. Those child molesters are grateful to you.


38 posted on 05/10/2013 8:03:17 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: catnipman

Ramsey said that any Reward should go to the Victims, not to him.

He obviously doesn’t have much money and I’ll bet a dollar to a donut that he orders of the $1.00 Menu at Micky D’s. I give him kudos for working for a living, unlike many others living in Obamaville.


39 posted on 05/10/2013 8:22:52 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Obama / Clinton Benghazi (4), Ted Kennedy (1), my Gun Collection (0)...)
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To: Lizavetta
What kind of law student was Barack Hussein?

Undoubtedly the best in history. And if you demand proof of that, you're racist....

40 posted on 05/10/2013 8:25:46 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: napscoordinator

Domestic violence does NOT equate to being a child molester! And I’m as far from a liberal as I could be. Were you born an ass or did you really, really have to work at it?


41 posted on 05/10/2013 11:15:04 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

I cannot prove you are a conservative with your comments. Be more aware of yourself next post.


42 posted on 05/10/2013 11:39:03 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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