Jay Smooth on Charles Ramsey, Humor and the Trouble With Memes

Yes, Charles Ramsey is funny. And sure, it's okay to laugh. But here's something to keep in mind.

By Jamilah King May 09, 2013

Over at [Ill Doctrine](http://www.youtube.com/user/illdoc1?feature=watch), Colorlines.com’s Jay Smooth gives one of the most succinct analyses of the [media spectacle surrounding Charles Ramsey](http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/05/cleveland_kidnapping_at_the_trend_of_the_hilarious_black_neighbor.html), the man who helped save three women from a brutally violent decades-long ordeal in Cleveland. Yes, dude’s funny. And sure, it’s okay to laught. But, as Jay puts it: "Whenever a certain person is in the news, we have a certain compulsion to flatten out that person and immediately flatten out their personhood into this paper-thin, click-bait, Chappelle show, laughing-for-the-wrong-reasons viral joke."