Charles Ramsey, who helped rescue three women in Cleveland who had been missing for a decade, has become an internet sensation, causing many to critique the public’s reaction to Ramsey. (Google Images)

Aisha Harris, writing for Slate, discusses the implications of the rise of Charles Ramsey, the man who aided in the rescue of three women who were missing and presumed to be dead for the past ten years, as an internet meme. The entertainment people find in his interviews, casting him as the “hilarious black neighbor,” detracts from the importance of his role in rescuing the three women, she says.

Harris writes:

Ramsey has become the latest in a fairly recent trend of “hilarious” black neighbors, unwitting Internet celebrities whose appeal seems rooted in a “colorful” style that is always immediately recognizable as poor or working-class.

Read more at Slate.

This news brief was written by Kaitlin Higgins, editorial assistant for The Burton Wire.

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