An Open Letter to Charles Ramsey

Screenshot of Charles Ramsey (ABC News)
Screenshot of Charles Ramsey (ABC News)

Before the domestic violence reports surfaced, Eris Zion Venia Dyson analyzed the now-fallen Internet star's racial insights in a piece at the For Harriet blog.

In plain speak, you said something so profound, and I want to unpack the statement that you made: "When a young, pretty white woman runs into the arms of a Black man you know something wrong."

What does this statement mean in 2013? For me, it spoke volumes. It says: In America, we are taught to fear Black Men. They are assumed to be violent, angry, and completely & utterly untrustworthy. This statement also says what we have always known to be true for this country: White women, specifically pretty white women have no business in the same space as Black men. For as long as we can remember American society has been the sustainer of white women and the slayer of Black men.

We have seen it with the all too familiar story of Emmitt Till. We have seen it with the less familiar story of George Stinney; the youngest person in the United States ever executed. At 14 years old he was charged with the murder of two white girls in Alcolu, South Carolina. He was charged with this murder after being the last to see these two girls alive and even helped to search for them. With no evidence and no concrete witnesses he was sent to the electric chair, with a booster seat for his 90lb body, his case never reopened even after the culprit admitted he committed the crime.


Read Eris Zion Venia Dyson's entire piece at For Harriet.

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