I saw the news.
Charles Ramsey did something that no one ever tried to do: rescued the young teens who were missing for a decade. That’s right. A decade.
Now if this does not speak the ills of joy, I don’t know what is.
Basically last night, as I watched the news clip, here is an everyday dude who lived in Cleveland for a year, had broken a case in which the families of the missing have been experiencing. Does Charles Ramsey need to recognized as a hero? Absolutely. He might be up there with Ted Williams. Now I know there are some who have already forgotten about the man with the golden voice. I haven’t. But for a black dude like Charles, is a Ted Williams in a different sense of collective responsibility. Uh-oh. That word again. The reference of Melissa Harris-Perry again. So yes, what can be said about Charles Ramsey is another example of Collective Responsibility. Another example of heroics. And another example of not being ashamed of doing the right thing. Personally, he should be given a key to the City of Cleveland, a Proclamation of “Charles Ramsey Day”, some cash if possible, and/or if he’s working, he should have a month off from work. But for him to be famous? Nah. Let this ordinary dude have his say, and we get on with our lives like being focused on the getting work, a 15,000 stock to invest, and health care.
Now since this news broke out in the media: The media must wise up when it comes to finding those who are people of color. Specifically black. What was made out of Cleveland, should be sampled EVERYWHERE! Take this: majority of the coverages of those who are missing, usually are more of Caucasian, than African-American. Take Elizabeth Smart for example. Her coverage of her whereabouts had her on almost every news station and outlet in the country. And she was found. But also, take here in Milwaukee, Alexis Patterson who had less coverage in the outlets of America. For reference, Alexis Patterson was 7 years old, in 2002 when she end up missing and it has been over a decade and still no trace. Plus Alexis was black. And this year in Milwaukee, marked 11 years since her disappearance. By now, if she were found, she would be 18 years old and close enough to be a Senior in High School or starting college. Plus, I’m calling out the Milwaukee Media to NOT EVER oversight the Alexis Patterson Case. This is not a political thing here. This was someones child that disappeared and in hoping not to be ending up dead or in a someone’s house abducted or brainwashed. I’m calling out Milwaukee in general NOT to overshadow Alexis Patterson, period! Yeah, I’m injecting the “Collective Responsibility” sample out of the Melissa Harris-Perry #Nerdland playbook. Others who got the most coverage: Natalee Holloway, Jon Benet Ramsey, Lacy Petersen, Jennifer Wilbanks, whom were all Caucasian and they were missing that got the most coverage. And Latoya Figureroa was black that had less coverage of her story, and she was found dead in 2005.
Now knowing this should not be an issue of race. I hate to say it, in a sense, but it is. Just like with discrimination in the workplace. Or, if a certain company refuses to hire black folks, or give them a good house in a decent neighborhood, schools, districts, the entertainment venues, a restaurant, or I dare say, and some might not believe: the church. All the same and most think it’s all smoke and mirrors. Which is not. Since most of the media overshadows the black missing folks, there are those in the Black TV/Media Print world that doesn’t. TVOne for example has a show called “Find our Missing” in which highlights the missing black folks that most of media passes up. Even though the show had it’s season finale but the cause of finding those of color goes on. Even when Michael Baisden had a segment on his show called “Missing Child of the Week” in which, once again focused on those who are missing and black. Even Jet Magazine is jumping in on this. They had a article last month: Missing and Black – Where’s the Outrage?” And basically again it centers around missing black children and the emotion of why most on there don’t get that coverage. The Huffington Post had a segment “800,000 and Counting” which centered around the story in which Jet Magazine previously covered with missing black children. And Marc Lamont Hill covered the segments.
Since the fight for the black and missing is still in session, there is no excuse for sleeping on the cases. None. I will agree that anyone who goes missing deserves the reasons why. But the overshadowing one person over another based on people of color, that is no reason to sleep period!
- News out of Cleveland is reminder for many of Alexis Patterson case (fox6now.com)
- Charles Ramsey: Women’s Rescuer Becomes Unlikely Hero, Online Sensation (people.com)
- Viral: Meet Cleveland man Charles Ramsey, who reportedly freed missing girls and woman (twitchy.com)
- Charles Ramsey an Internet sensation after interview on how he helped save 3 missing Cleveland women goes viral; Twitter reacts (video) (al.com)