Charles Ramsey says no to free burger offers from Cleveland area restaurants. Ramsey, who helped rescue three women imprisoned in Ariel Castro’s house for a decade, became an Internet sensation. But by saying no to free burgers he's moving to take control of his image and put the media's focus back on the tragedy.
Many have asked that the women who were held hostage in Cleveland be given privacy to heal. But compassion should involve more than suspending our curiosity. How we actually define people emerging from traumatic experiences can support their healing and the public’s.
What's behind the media and popular fascination with Charles Ramsey – the man who helped rescue three women held captive in the Cleveland home of Ariel Castro? It appears to be less because of his heroism than it is from amusement over a certain stereotype of a black man.