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(NPR)   Were you entertained by that video clip yesterday of Charles Ramsey? Congratulations, you're a condescending racist   (npr.org) divider line 32
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2013-05-08 09:08:54 AM
3 votes:

Worldwalker: If liking that video is racism, what is watching Honey Boo Boo?


Masochism.
2013-05-08 09:06:53 AM
3 votes:

Worldwalker: If liking that video is racism, what is watching Honey Boo Boo?


Something you need to be slapped for doing.
2013-05-08 08:57:21 AM
3 votes:
I was just happy to see Lootie is doing so well these days.
2013-05-08 09:03:35 AM
2 votes:
If liking that video is racism, what is watching Honey Boo Boo?
2013-05-08 09:00:08 AM
2 votes:
I'd like to see him next as a panelist on Real Time with Bill Maher, sitting between Tucker Carlson and Jon Huntsman's smokin hot daughter (the one that plays pundit on the cable news shows).

/his pic should be in the dictionary under "keepin' it real."
2013-05-08 08:59:15 AM
2 votes:
I watched an interview he had this morning with George Snuffalufagus Stephanopoulos.  George asked him how he's getting through all of this attention.  Ramsey just took a can of Red Bull and put it in front of the camera.  This guy's real and hilarious.
2013-05-08 04:21:53 PM
1 votes:

abfalter: My wife is black (I'm white).  She laughed at the video harder than I did.


Your wife's racist!

/kidding... hopefully obviously :)
2013-05-08 03:55:35 PM
1 votes:
Wrong, subby.  I was already a condescending racist.
2013-05-08 02:35:54 PM
1 votes:
Leave it to NPR to play the race card first.
2013-05-08 01:17:59 PM
1 votes:
How does Zebra guy feel about this?

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2013-05-08 01:02:57 PM
1 votes:
Everything any white person does is racist.
2013-05-08 11:06:01 AM
1 votes:
NPR needs to re-learn what 'Racist' is. This is racist:
www.worstcartoonsever.com
2013-05-08 10:47:35 AM
1 votes:

ghiabug99: He's not the fringe of society that the internet laughs at because they are incredibly odd or a walking stereotype.

This guy has great comedic timing, hilarious choice of words fantastic interaction with the reporter/crowd.  This guy is a comedian.  He just so happens to live where he lives and looks like he looks.

The difference between him and other blacksploitation youtube videos is that almost anyone watching it would say "I wish I could do an interview like that and be that funny."  as opposed to "I wouldn't want to do that and be laughed at."


This.

"When a pretty, young white girl runs into the arms of a black man, you know there's a problem" was said with perfect comic timing.
2013-05-08 09:40:37 AM
1 votes:
Headso/You must have been a real hit at parties

...uh yeah, thank you!

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2013-05-08 09:31:55 AM
1 votes:
So when will Obama use this man as a prop? That would be racist.
2013-05-08 09:27:20 AM
1 votes:

jdoncbus2: I went to college in the early/mid-90s and I was more then guilty of playing the race-card and being overly politically correct



You must have been a real hit at parties
2013-05-08 09:21:45 AM
1 votes:
The author had to go out of his way not to mention Kai and his smashing hatchet.
2013-05-08 09:21:29 AM
1 votes:
let's see, i am white. i thought it was funny. so i'm a racist? meanwhile, i work with several black guys, who thought it was funny, so that makes them....???

/guarantee that it was a white person who brought this up
2013-05-08 09:13:39 AM
1 votes:
But race and class seemed to be central to the celebrity of all these people.

Not true douche, just a few months ago it was that white hippy dude Kai. It was almost the exact same scenario guy does something heroic but is actually a bit eccentric and is funny on camera when telling the story.
2013-05-08 09:10:31 AM
1 votes:
Listen here boy, I am a condescending racist.
2013-05-08 09:09:10 AM
1 votes:
......I love outraged, white Liberals who have to tell everyone how they should feel. Must everything be race related?
2013-05-08 09:09:06 AM
1 votes:

Valiente: One of the benefits of being both of Irish/Welsh descent and a first-generation immigrant to North America is I generally don't have "white guilt".


Nobody has white guilt, it's a term employed by racists that can't comprehend why everyone isn't racist.
2013-05-08 09:06:27 AM
1 votes:
Not once did I feel like celebrating this guy's deeds with a burning cross on his lawn, soooooo...no.

One of the benefits of being both of Irish/Welsh descent and a first-generation immigrant to North America is I generally don't have "white guilt". When Ramsey's ancestors were being bought and sold in, I imagine, the U.S. South, mine were having their non-English languages beaten out of them and/or starving in famines. I'm not saying it's equivalent, but I am saying I don't personally feel bad about societal situations (slavery, racism or the treatment of natives). I feel responsible for my own reactions and impulses. To take on "collective guilt" for the entirety of one's race is in its own way as pernicious a form of racism as is the usual "I consider people unlike me in the albedo scale to be inferior" sort of racism.

Dude was funny, a side porch raconteur type. Yes, and very Cleveland, from what I know of the barren, half-abandoned place.
2013-05-08 09:04:29 AM
1 votes:

corronchilejano: " Amid the hood backdrop - the gnarled teeth, the dirty white tee, the slang, the shout-out to McDonald's - we miss the fact that Charles Ramsey is perfectly lucid and intelligent."

That's tells a lot of the authors character.


Yup. It's almost as if he's making general assumptions about the guy based on the color of his skin.
2013-05-08 09:04:27 AM
1 votes:
I thought his interview was hilarious and to the point. In no way did I consider him unintelligent. He was for real and I'd really like to buy him a drink!!!!
2013-05-08 09:01:08 AM
1 votes:
Lucid, intelligent, and likes salsa music.

Is he single?
2013-05-08 09:00:58 AM
1 votes:
3.bp.blogspot.com
2013-05-08 08:57:31 AM
1 votes:
This just in, author outs self as condescending racist by assuming everyone else is. More at 11.
2013-05-08 08:56:40 AM
1 votes:
Amid the hood backdrop - the gnarled teeth, the dirty white tee, the slang, the shout-out to McDonald's - we miss the fact that Charles Ramsey is perfectly lucid and intelligent.

Look, I know there are plenty of idiots on the Internet - I read Fark - but we can't assume that everybody online is not lucid and intelligent.
2013-05-08 08:55:03 AM
1 votes:
On the face of it, the memes, the Auto-Tune remixes and the laughing seem purely celebratory. But what feels like celebration can also carry with it the undertone of condescension. Amid the hood backdrop - the gnarled teeth, the dirty white tee, the slang, the shout-out to McDonald's - we miss the fact that Charles Ramsey is perfectly lucid and intelligent.

We who? I didn't miss that.

In fact, being lucid and intelligent and rocking a dirty white tee, spitting slang and eating McD's is what makes him awesome.
2013-05-08 08:52:39 AM
1 votes:
I'm surprised it took this long before some smug asshole got on that soapbox.
2013-05-08 08:52:07 AM
1 votes:
Dude helped save three people and he told a good story.

Yes he did mention race at the end of the interview. Yes. So why not discuss what he said about race rather than discuss whatever reasons why you might guess people may have enjoyed the video. No matter what you think about that subject, the internet is a big place and I'm sure you can find a quote that will vindicate your position. But it isn't helpful to scold ourselves for liking the guy.

We are talking about the reaction to the video first and the substance second.

What I took from the video is a very Cleveland guy giving a very Cleveland interview. That tragic bit of self-hatred at the end is as local as a Bertman's mustard stain on a WMMS t-shirt on dollar dog night.

People see Antoine Dodson in this guy. I don't.

I see Harvey Pekar.
 
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