Cleveland rescue: “I barbecued with this dude, we ate ribs and listened to salsa music…”

An amazing video interview featuring Charles Ramsey one of those who rescued the three women held captive in Cleveland, not least at the end when he says, “Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead give away. Dead give away..”

H/T Sheila on Facebook, check out the write up on the New Yorker’s blog

For Berry and the others to be rescued, in other words, two things had to happen: she had to never forget who she was, and that who she was mattered; and Ramsey needed to not care who she might be at all—to think that all that mattered was that a woman was trapped behind a door that wouldn’t open, and to walk onto the porch.

As noted here before, interruption is one key to the prevention of violence..

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  • thethoughtfulone

    That guy is destined for great things methinks.

  • Ruarai

    BBC:

    Chief McGrath said he was “absolutely” sure police did not miss any opportunities to find the women over the years.

    Right, MEMO TO THE PEOPLE OF CLEVELAND:

    If you’ve reported a naked lady crawling along someone’s backyard or called the cops “to report women crying for help and the noise of pounding on doors” and been assured by colleagues of Keystone Chief McGrath that all is well, you probably wanna call back.

  • Desmond Trellace

    At least, the US judicial system knows how to deal with this type of perpetrator.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Ruarai, agreed. Very silly of McGrath to make such a comment ahead of any investigation – there are clear allegations that the police failed to act and I can see this turning into an issue of race and social class. Did you hear the incredulous tone of the 911 dispatcher taking the call from Ramsey ?

    Desmond, the death penalty is an easy out. Avoids the perpetrators of this crime having to live with the shame of what they did.

  • Kevsterino

    When asked about the reward money, and Mr. Ramsey, pulling his paycheck out of his pocket said “I’ve got a paycheck, give the money to the rescued girls” I knew I was looking at a righteous man. The blunt honesty of the man is a trait I wish we could graft onto politicians personalities, but they don’t do that kind of graft.

    At any rate, I’d raise my glass to Mr. Ramsey and wish him the very best.

  • pauluk

    The fact that a little white girl would run into the arms of a black man shows that white people do not fear or hate or have racist attitudes towards black people, no matter how much some black leaders like the Rev Wright or Jesse Jackson say they do.

    What a petty that so many African-Americans are influenced into still thinking such things, even after millions of whites voted for a black president.

  • Mick Fealty

    Paul,

    You really think this man is that dumb? Not all of us are the dumb marionettes of clever manipulation…

  • Desmond,

    ‘At least, the US judicial system knows how to deal with this type of perpetrator.’

    If you mean the death penalty, I’m not entirely sure whether the law in Ohio for aggravated murder where the forced termination of a pregnancy falls under the remit of the death penalty is actually constitutional.

    The death penalty stems from the 8th amendment and the two main cases on this punishment that are oft cited are Coker v Georgia, 433 US 584 (1977) and Kennedy v Louisiana, 554 US 407 (2008) , both had rape involved, both noted that a life has to be taken in order for the death penalty not to be deemed a cruel or unusual punishment. A life needs to be taken so that the courts may mandate that an assailant’s life is taken. I will not get into an argument about whether a foetus is a life or not, for the purposes of the law it is not.

    I am not a US constitutional lawyer, however, I would expect it to play out in such a way whereby the Public Prosecutor will go for the death penalty in the initial trial, the court will find in its favor and Castro will not only appeal the decision but contest the legality of the Ohio Revised Code 2903.01 and it’s general constitutionality in relation to the previously mentioned Amendment and case law.

    Nonetheless, a fascinating story and now possibly some fascinating legal theory and arguments ahead. Either way, Castro will rot in the US penal system for the rest of his life, on and off death row.

  • Comrade Stalin

    pauluk,

    Racism is a problem, one which is more subtle than you think. If you ever visit the US, and it sounds a bit like you haven’t, one of the things you’ll notice that you’ll almost never see mixed groups of white and black people hanging out together.

  • ForkHandles

    laughed my leg off when I saw this on my mates phone. thought it was a spoof. looks like something straight out of a US sketch show 🙂

  • Kevsterino

    @Comrade, yes racism is still a problem and I expect will continue to be. However, if you want to see white and black people hanging out together, you can find it in many places I suspect were not on your list of places to see and things to do.

    Of course, I could be wrong as I don’t know your agenda when you visit the States. But if you ever make it to St. Louis, I’ll take you to some Jazz Clubs and Blues bars or maybe a Cardinals game ;o)

  • Ruarai

    The fact that a little white girl would run into the arms of a black man shows that white people do not fear or hate or have racist attitudes towards black people, no matter how much some black leaders like the Rev Wright or Jesse Jackson say they do

    Let’s unpack your logic here, shall we?

    One person (your “little white girl”) takes an action (runs into the arms of a black man) and from this you deduce the following proof: this “shows that white people do not fear or hate or have racist attitudes towards black people”.

    Now, do you see anything that might be considered a little bit on the minor side here?

  • Comrade Stalin

    Kevsterino, I am guilty of being a bit broad with the brush; it’s unfair to characterize the whole country as being closet racist. But it is not the case that the place is fully integrated and that racism is an imaginary concept, as pauluk up there was suggesting.

    I’ve visited the US a lot but rarely off the well-beaten tourist map.

  • Kevsterino

    Comrade, I’m sure you’ve seen a similar phenomenon in your corner of the world. De Jure discrimination is relatively easy to dispose of.

    But when you have to change hearts and minds and transgenerational suspicions, well, that is a big job.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Very true. We’re definitely further behind the US in that respect. Many of us can’t even admit there is a problem that we need to reach within ourselves to confront.

  • Kevsterino

    Just like anything else, eh Comrade. If you can’t admit there’s a problem, chances are it’ll go unfixed.