Rarely laughed with

The following is a short excerpt from Aisha Harris’ ‘The Troubling Trend of the “Hilarious” Black Neighbor‘ — an interesting piece on Slate.  The latest black person mocked via social media (auto-tune and such) for the way he or she speaks on news footage seems to be Charles Ramsey, the man who helped Amanda Berry and two other women get free of a decade of captivity.  Regarding the interview Ramsey did, Harris writes about an instance that’s a little harder to make use of for this trend:

‘Describing the rescue of Amanda Berry and her fellow captives, he says, “I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway!”’

The candid statement seems to catch the reporter off guard; he ends the interview shortly afterward.’


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