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The Media Apparently Has No Idea How to Deal With a Black Hero

Why wouldn’t the media want to address Ramsey’s comical yet wise comments about race and its sociological effects?

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It seems like, no matter what, the media was trying to say people were wrong for loving Ramsey and his beautiful openness. If people did, they were actually only loving a black stereotype or a black criminal. Meanwhile, when race really came into play, the media ignored it. At the end of Ramsey’s initial interview, he said, “I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway.” But, as Townhall  reported, “a check of  The New York TimesThe Washington Post and The Cleveland Plain Dealer shows that while the papers quoted Ramsey, none saw fit to include his observation.”*

Why wouldn’t the media want to address Ramsey’s comical yet wise comments about race and its sociological effects? Because maybe then they might actually have to deal with something that’s important.

*UPDATE: The Cleveland Plain Dealer did include the end of Ramsey's initial interview in various posts. Despite this, however, many media outlets still did not.

**UPDATE: As one commenter pointed out, both the Slate and CSMonitor pieces should certainly be thought about and considered. I never intended to make those bloggers seem invalid. I do hope, however, that we can embrace our positive reaction to Ramsey, instead of simply cast people as enjoying a "stereotype," which seems negative. I think when we do the latter, we actually end up normalizing the "white, straight, wealthy, educated male" way to be/act.

Alyssa Figueroa is an associate editor at AlterNet. 

 
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