Time to be real, in regarding the abductions in Cleveland. And also, Charles Ramsey should be forgiven of his past. Literally.

Posted: May 9, 2013 in African American Stories and Viewpoints, Calling those out to be accountable!, Decision Factors, Editorial, Milwaukee African American Commentary, News and politics
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I had to ponder this yesterday. As we were looking at the footage of the young women who were abducted for 10 years, things have begun to surface. But the main question that was lingering on my Social Media pages was like, Did the neighbors noticed anything when the first got captured? No birthdays? weddings? funeral notices? Cinco de Mayo? Christmas holiday? or any other special event or holidays? And no one knew anything? Wow!

I was watching Rev Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC, PoliticsNation. And during the newscast, several highlights previously that the 9-1-1 calls weren’t on record 10 years ago. The house where the abductions were held were in those homes that were boarded up. Not for sale. So it kind of hit me, I guess that was the reason why no one didn’t noticed anything suspicious prior to the events given. It better not be one of the reversal versions of “Stop Snitching”.

Now in recently events, things were turned up that the neighbors did indeed called the police of the illegal activity. But the question is, and I don’t want to call out the Cleveland Police Department, why didn’t they respond in a sense that the incidents didn’t shown? I know that Police Departments have a ton on their plates in terms of crimes and investigations. I know. But how could they miss this one, and having 10 years to figure it out? The crime in Boston, when the Marathon was interrupted with the bombings, the city was on lockdown with swat teams, armored cars, military-like presence in finding those responsible. That was solved in a week. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was captured and is being held in Federal custody, while his brother was killed during the investigation. But for this, 10 years? Now I know that the incidents in Cleveland and Boston are very different. And in different time frames. I get it. But the bottom line is, those who did the abductions, was almost like a 21st Century version of human trafficking. Or a revamped version of Slavery. They say that slavery is supposed to be dead and done in the past. But why did these Castro dudes, were doing this particular job in the first place? That part really baffles me.

In the house where the girls were, had chains and ropes All for 10 years. Good Lord. And nobody didn’t know this being odd and the way was used?

Plus also when Ariel Castro goes to prison, and since the prisoners know by now who he is, and has happened, there might be some prisoners are going to hit him first. I read stories about that. Those who get to prison and having a crime of housing young girls in a house against their authority, with 7 counts of  rape and kidnapping, his game would be over sooner than ever. Just saying.

Now to switch gears for Charles Ramsey. Yes, he should be hailed as a hero, or a Good Samaritan doing the right thing. HOWEVER, there’s always got to be a background info about a person’s past. Has anyone heard of the Smoking Gun website? The website that has all of the dirt about a certain celebrity per say with the crime data, background info and more. Well apparently while we were just praising Charles Ramsey’s heroics, The Smoking Gun revealed his past about him being a repeat offender as a domestic abuser. Go back ten years. Why would someone dig up this? Oh, maybe because some felt he’s a fraud, a fake or whatever. Remember when Tia Norfleet was given the hot-seat about her status as a race car driver? And guess what she’s still racing. And will be racing this year. But for Charles Ramsey, yes he may have done something in his past that wasn’t “GodLike”, but rescuing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, in the situation that they were in, that counts for a good check list for St. Peter. And he didn’t want to reward money. He made a suggestion to let the victims have it. A joy in blessing. Now many folks would call him out for that. But he’s thinking more of the women than himself. You hear this all the time in church and it’s biblical. Matthew 6:20 says: “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Technically, that’s what it is. And there should no other comments besides it.

Also the notion of being called a hero, should not be selfish, nor ashamed. Charles Ramsey felt that he does not want to be called a hero. He and Daniel Hernandez, who took care of Gabby Giffords after she was shot, in his words, humbly reject the word hero last year. During the memorial service in Arizona, President Obama looked him and said, “Daniel, I’m sorry, you may deny it but we’ve decided you are a hero,”. And expect that same notion to Charles Ramsey when the President meets him. If possible. Even though the thought of them deny the notion, but to the victims, they will never forget the help. And that lingers a lifetime.

Also on Facebook, I’ve looked at a question about President Obama hasn’t contacted Charles Ramsey as of yet. I know that the President has alot on his plate, but to my community activist folks, give him time, please! Don’t worry he will.

I have been called a hero myself. And do I reject that? No. That’s a joy! Even though I haven’t been in the military, or a missionary overseas, but I had my share of “heroics” here in Milwaukee among family and friends. So hey, if not like it, embrace it.


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