The biggest national news of the week so far is the incredible story of three women who have been missing for a decade turning up alive in Cleveland, Ohio. The women may have been kidnapped and held hostage for many years.
The sidebar to that story, however, is Charles Ramsey. He's a neighbor credited with rescuing the women and now an Internet celebrity due to his goofy, charming post-rescue interview with local media, when he made this statement: "Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms."
Joyce yesterday devoted a personal blog post to the hero and now viral Internet sensation. First, though, here is Ramsey's hilarious interview that started the whole thing:
Some folks admire professional athletes, or rock stars, or politicians.Me? I like this guy: bit.ly/10gNsB8— Jennifer M. Joyce (@JenniferJoyceCA) May 7, 2013
In the post, she wrote:
This morning as I watched the national news from my treadmill, I was expecting the usual coverage of politics, business, weather and crime. Instead, I witnessed something special. I watched an ordinary citizen become a national hero.
The story begins with the disappearance of three young women in Cleveland. The hero? Charles Ramsey, a neighbor who had just sat down in his home to enjoy a meal from McDonald's.
She tells the story of the rescue of the three women and Ramsey's role in freeing them.
"Ramsey made a huge difference," she writes. "Indeed, it is often the individual rather than the government who has the power to move the needle on crime. Whether it is Cleveland or St. Louis, an engaged citizenry is the most powerful weapon there is against crime."
She continues, "We can have one million police officers out on the streets, but if we don't have neighbors who care about each other, we will never have a safe community."
Joyce also included a link to the St. Louis circuit attorney's "neighborhood ownership tools" page.
In addition, Joyce talked with KSDK (Channel 5) about her appreciation of the Ohio hero:
"I wish he was my neighbor," Joyce tells the channel, later adding, "if we had more Charles Ramseys, this city would be a much safer place."