By Roy Douglas Malonson
William Wells Brown, a prominent African-American novelist and historian once stated, “All I demand for the Black man is, that the White people shall take their heels off his neck, and let him have a chance to rise by his own efforts.”
I couldn’t agree with him more. People just never cease to amaze me with the things they do and the things they say. It does not matter how many good deeds a person does in this country, at the end of the day it still boils down to the color of your skin.
Just like in the case of the three young women who were kidnapped over a decade ago and recently rescued from sex slavery and a home-made prison a Cleveland, Ohio resident (Ariel Castro) placed them in. Although, depending on which report you read or hear, it is almost impossible to determine who the suspect is. While a neighboring resident Charles Ramsey has gone on record as the individual responsible for the safe release of the three women; it appears as if he is the one that is going on trial.
A report from the Associated Press reveals the following, “Charles Ramsey is the man of hour; the man who rescued three Cleveland women from sex slavery is an internet sensation, a McDonald’s spokesperson and the face of a new line of T-shirts. But what we don’t know about Charles might hurt us. The eccentric neighbor of Ariel Castro, the man charged in connection with the decade-long abduction ordeal of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight, has a violent past. Mr. Ramsey’s rap sheet is dotted with incidences of domestic violence, including: a charge in 1997; a charge in 1998 and a six-month jail term; a five-year probation term and orders to join counseling; a divorce in 2003 after “battering his wife” and an eight-month jail term.”
Now can someone explain to me what hell Mr. Ramsey’s wrap sheet is doing on display? But, I guess never mind the fact that he was the one responsible for the safe capture of the three women that have experienced a great amount of mistreatment, slavery and harsh living conditions to state the least during the course of the last ten years. All that matters is that he is Black and he is the one that first got the attention for the good deed that he had done.
People think that just because this is 2013, our schools have been integrated, the Constitution now defines us as humans and we are free to interact with those who do no look like us that this country is now no longer color blind. Well, guess again, it’s still the same old history revealed in a different generation. I say it all the time, while it appears that so much has changed, it is quite the opposite.
I think that the comments and actions of the media in regards to this situation are rude and unwarranted. The way that I look at it is just another attempt of trying to keep the Black man down. Never mind the fact that this man put the needs of someone else before himself. The media has still found negative ways to tarnish the good merits and intentions of yet another Black man.