1.06.2007

Kyle's Crazy Question 2

You've heard about the NYC "subway hero," right? The black man, a Navy veteran, who saw a 20-year-old white guy* having a seizure, then falling onto the tracks with a train coming. The hero jumps down with his two young daughters standing nearby, rolls the man underneath the platform, saving his life.

Kyle's question: is this man a hero or should we call him what we would have called him if he'd died, stupid?



*I mention race because when I saw this story I was amazed by it. Sue me. I'm a cynic.

22 comments:

CNEL said...

I say hero.

Yes it was risky business and if he had died, he would have been criticized, but it still takes courage to be so selfless.

jameil1922 said...

of course you do cnel. you are the ever optimistic one.

The Very Reverend Ace Clemmons, Jr. said...

i would say this falls squarely under my favorite topic of conversation: Darwinism.

i would do a lotta "if....then..."'s but ..

you get the point

or.

i just drank one too may SPARKS.

and hit myself in the head with a drumstick.

Dreamlover said...

I call him a hero, but a dumb one at that.

But still a great person, to be soo selfless!!

the joy said...

damn it i already commented. anyway i called him a hero too. at least if he would have died he would have died helping someone. i would hate to know someone died because i could do something but didnt.

heartbreaker said...

i call him a hero, too - he didn't have to do that, and even if he died trying, still he didn't have to do that, but lol damn call the man stupid lmao... and i wasn't as surprised when i heard the story, i was just glad to hear something positive on the news for once :)

spchrist said...

Yes. Hero. He saved a life

Madam said...

A crazy azz dude who should be praised for being a crazy azz dude...

but seriously, it took courage to do what he did and that is a hero in my book.

X Factor said...

Yeah, hate to throw salt on his game, but he was on some NYC morning rsdio show and he said that he didn't really jump onto the tracks. He was pushed and then decided to stay down there and help the guy. So does that change yall's opinion of the situation?

the joy said...

no cuz he could have jumped back up and left homeboy but he still helped him.

Vdizzle said...

Lol! This ole man of yours is a bit nutty, but sooo funny. I'll go with hero, even though he was pushed.

So...Wise...Sista said...

i dont believe for one sec that he was pushed...and his dumb azz better shut it up before he dont get no more damn reward money. For real tho, contrary to popular belief, lots of NYers would have done what he did. It's that NY spirit. Not too many people can stand by and watch a fellow straphanger get crushed by an oncoming. In a city that big and random and unpredictable you need all the good karma you can get. lol

Jarrod said...

I think it was an heroic act, but I wouldn't call dude a hero. Helping people is what you're supposed to do, in theory anyway. And I feel old girl who commented above me. Dude better keep his trap shut before people take his money away.

Leela said...

i agree with hero, bc it took courage, and the ability to stay calm and rational enough to act quickly in a stressful situation

Epsilonicus said...

I dont know if i wold have done that. Maybe if it was child but I may have at least hesitated to make a move.

Epsilonicus said...

I dont know if i wold have done that. Maybe if it was child but I may have at least hesitated to make a move.

Epsilonicus said...

I dont know if i wold have done that. Maybe if it was child but I may have at least hesitated to make a move.

Elle Willa said...

In my book, the guy's a hero in life and would have been in death too, had his number been up. word.

Honey-Libra said...

I'd think he was a hero because he could have stood there and did nothing now what would that make him....cold hearted. Plus he'd have to live with the fact that he could have done something and he didn't.

ms. complexity said...

I still say hero. I was so pleased to see him on Letterman, on CNN, saying "I did what anyone else would have done."

Good on The Donald for giving him money. And his kids getting scholarships.

Now, going TOO FAR would him writing a book or a TV movie being made. That's too much.

Stacie von Kutieboots said...

in my book, he'd be a stupid hero.

Elle* said...

I think he's a hero, if he would have died, he still would have been a hero in my eyes.