Cleveland resident Charles Ramsey has been catapulted into the spotlight after rescuing 27 year-old kidnapping victim Amanda Berry from his neighbor’s house; leading to the rescue of Gina Dejesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, and Berry’s 6-year-old daughter.
It’s an incredibly shocking story. Berry disappeared in 2003, DeJesus in 2004, and Knight in 2002. Three brothers, Ariel Castro, 52, Pedro Castro, 54, Onil Castro, 50 have all been arrested for the kidnapping. The horrific details of the experiences of their captives will certainly come out in the coming weeks.
But for now, the focus has been on Ramsey, whose animated and rather hilarious post-rescue interviews have made him a internet sensation, in the vein of Antione Dodson and Sweet Brown.
But are we laughing with him or at him?
Unfortunately, Ramsey’s newfound meme-status kind of overwhelms the fact that the guy rescued three women from their kidnapper. Relatively new to the neighborhood, friendly with his neighbor, he nonetheless refused to keep his head down and ignore what he admits he thought was a domestic dispute. In the aftermath, he acted quickly and decisively—having one victim, Amanda Berry, make a simultaneous 911 call, and castigating the emergency operator for insufficient quickness and understanding. (“She need an ambulance, or what? She needs everything. […] she’s been kidnapped, so you know, put yourself in her shoes,” he told the operator, whom he describes to Cooper as a “moron.”)
But he tells Cooper he doesn’t think of himself as a hero:
No, no, no. Bro, I’m a Christian, an American, and just like you. We bleed same blood, put our pants on the same way. It’s just that you got to put that – being a coward, and I don’t want to get in nobody’s business. You got to put that away for a minute.
I tell you what you do, give [the reward] to them. Because if folks been following this case since last night, you been following me since last night, you know I got a job anyway. Just went picked it up, paycheck. What that address say? […] 2203 Seymour. Where are them girls living? Right next door to this paycheck. So yes, take that reward and give it to—that little girl[.]
Check out the now-famous post-rescue interview w/ Charles Ramsey below:
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