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09 May 2013

Obama Impressed by Gay NBA Player's Courage, But Silent on the Courage of Charles Ramsey, A Real American Hero


Last Monday, NBA player Jason Collins revealed he's a homosexual. The same day, Collins received a call from Barack Obama.

President Barack Obama called Jason Collins on Monday to express his gratitude after the NBA player publicly announced that he is gay, two sources familiar with the call told The Huffington Post.

A White House official confirmed the call, saying that the president wanted to "express his support" and tell Collins that "he was impressed by his courage."

Stein and Terkel (29 April 2013). Obama Calls Jason Collins, 'Impressed By His Courage' In Coming Out. The Huffington Post. Retrieved on 9 May 2013.

This week, the quick actions, compassion and courage of Charles Ramsey led to three women being rescued after living in captivity for a decade [Shaw, Alexis (8 May 2013). Charles Ramsey on Rescuing Amanda Berry: ‘You Do What You Have to Do’. ABC News. Retrieved on 9 May 2013.].

Kevin Jackson, a conservative blogger who writes at The Blacksphere.net, noted that Barack Obama remains silent on the actions of Charles Ramsey [Jackson, Kevin (8 May 2013). Barack: Here’s a REAL Hero. The Blacksphere.net. Retrieved on 9 May 2013.]. Jackson noted that Obama has yet to call Charles Ramsey and thank him for his courageous actions.

Not wanting to believe Jackson's assertions, I searched White House press briefings for the last three days and found no mention of Charles Ramsey or Amanda Berry. I even performed a Google search of "Barack Obama," "Charles Ramsey," and "Amanda Berry." Still nothing.

Kevin Jackson is right. Coming out of the closet is not a heroic act. Rescuing three women who were held captive for a decade, however, is a heroic act.

It tells you something about the priorities of Barack Obama when he commends a basketball player for being gay, but stays silent when a man rescues three women.