WHO SHOT THE RAS? Did Ras Bernell’s support for Donald Trump lead to his untimely death?

Yesterday evening on my way to go pick up some food I ran into the OG Rastaman Bernell. Most people around my way know who I am referring to because he was always outside, no matter the weather holding a sign of some sorts.

On winter days you might see him holding a sign with Bible scripture, seemingly minding his own business. Not being overall arrogant about his position. Just publicly voicing his opinion. Although his approach was a bit more radical or more eccentric in ways. He was just doing him.

Lately he had been holding signs for political campaigns. Earlier in the year you would see him outside with a Vote Lena Taylor sign during Senator Taylor’s Mayoral runs all over the city. The man got around. Earlier today he had mentioned to me “you wouldn’t guess the amount of hate I received from Black people.” In response to going out in the streets with a sign in show of support for Senator Lena Taylor’s Mayoral run. I wondered why, but truly I didn’t have time to ponder the thought as I was in a rush and wanted to get some words about his latest controversial political stance. The juice.

Just days before I had seen a Facebook post with the caption “hero” of an image with the Ras holding his latest political sign in support of Donald Trump. Along with the Ras and his unpopular sign there was a guy next to him with a sign saying “sike!” Sike, being a term used in our community like white folks say “not!”. You get it?

Yesterday, Wednesday July 22nd I was driving to the grocery store and I saw the Ras sitting on the bus stop on Humboldt & North so I decided to stop and ask him about what I saw on Facebook and why he was holding the Trump sign? Honestly, I just wanted to hear his side of the story because you know how crazy the internet can get! I had to drive off due to traffic so he quickly told me to stop by his place the next day, which was today, Thursday July 23rd.

Love it or hate it I wanted to know this brothers story and as to why he felt the way that he felt. I felt he deserved more than to be made an internet mockery because he had been seen in the streets lots of times before with signs that the people supported. Besides being a Black man is more than just the obvious. At times given the decisions we as Black men have to make while surviving daily in America the mind of the Black man can consist of multitudes of things.

So this morning I set out for a run. After completing my run I remembered that I was to stop over to see Ras Bernell and fortunately when I looked up I was right near where he said his shop was.

Without even knowing exactly where I was, I looked to my left and there he was sitting in a white chair like he was waiting for me. Crazy, right! I approached him and re introduced myself. We had not formally known each other by name before. Always, when I would see him with a sign that I was in support of. I beeped! When I would see him with a sign that I didn’t support. I didn’t! I might think to myself like “bro is trippin”, but I always showed him his respect though, always.

I reminded him of our conversation a day earlier and my purpose for stopping by. He showed me around his shop “Expressions Journal”, a modest shop filled with a his hand painted signs. He expressed to me that he also was a media brand and I could sense that he wanted to get a feel for who I was and my actual purpose of wanting to film him. I now can imagine the types of people he may have had to encounter on the daily being a very vocal person in his political views while being a very public person as well.

He mentioned that he didn’t have much at all and lived “off the grid”. I needed a napkin to wipe my phone and he had neither napkin nor tissue. Instead he gave me a piece of cloth cut from an old shirt. My phone was wet from sweat while being in my pocket from my run and I needed to use it to record him.

After retrieving the cut piece of cloth and handing it to me I wiped my phone and started to film. Although it took a few takes because he wanted to be precise and prepared in what he was to say, I bared with him. We were running short on time at the moment. As I began to film I was shocked. I had no clue up till a day previous that he was around town with a pro Donald Trump sign and I wanted to know why, obviously! A Black man about town with a pro Trump sign is something to find out the “why’s” about. So here he is and this is his why!

I also wanted to get some words on the stir that was caused over the internet days earlier about the image on Facebook with him and his Trump sign and the guy standing next to him. So I did and here that is!

After I captured the footage I admit I was shocked. I didn’t know if I wanted to post it or not because of course since this is my site and mostly my views and opinions people may feel that this is coming from me.

However in this case I just had a sixth sense of sorts to capture this mans perspective on his viral situation and why he felt the way he did about the upcoming election. I wanted to hear his truth. If we all don’t see eye to eye with each others views than we can agree to disagree. Period.

No less than two hours after I left from filming Ras Bernell I had heard word from Facebook that the someone in the area that Ras Bernell stays in had been shot. To my surprise it was Ras Bernell. The moment I had read the news I was attempting to upload the above videos used in this post onto my laptop for use.

This original post was not meant to be in past tense. It was originally meant to be based in the present. Since Ras Bernell was living off of the tech grid I told him that as soon as I got the post up I would stop by and show it to him.

Unfortunately before I could get both the videos uploaded and the post completed, Ras Bernell Tremmell died from gunshot wounds inflicted earlier this afternoon. He was murdered right outside of his shop where we were just speaking. His home. Seemingly these were his last words.

He took his time to think about what he was going to say and I let it him have the floor. He was adamant, poised and well articulated.

He also mentioned not to make any video posts longer than 3 minutes. For humans don’t pay attention to long videos. I applaud you if you’ve read this far.

Ras Bernell Tremmel died today, Thursday July 23rd. Rest In Peace.


Author: Armstrong Ransome

I break bread, ribs and hundred dollar bills.

116 thoughts

  1. Wow, thank you for giving time to Ras Bernel. I am sad for his passing but know he is near the Lord. There is a lot to be learned in the dichotomy that was Bernel. I have been catching hell from people on Facebook for saying that he was my buddy and that I am sad he’s gone. Apparently he spoke out against our lgbtq citizens and one or two others said that he spoke hateful things towards the earth’s Asian poplulation. None of us who knew him saw him as a violent or hateful man. But he had radical ideas and if hating an entire race or group of people were some of them then that was truly unfortunate and I would like to express my sorrow to anyone he may have hurt with his words. But those confronting me on Facebook apparently cannot fathom that a man can be both good and bad. Instead they eschew hate with more hate. I think this could be a very good learning experience for those of us who call ourselves “liberal” and believe we are better than the other side. In most every regular man and woman we come in contact with there is both good and bad. We can hate evil ideas and actions but we shouldn’t hate the person. (I do believe there are exceptions to this, I believe it is proper to hate those who are truly evil, for example world leaders who are warmongers, liars and thieves). But I’m talking about everyday citizens like Bernel. If we hate them and they hate us, who has overcome? Who has shown themselves better or above the other? We are living in a divided country and we have to make a choice whether our liberalism will divide our nation further or attempt to overcome and unite. Trump is about to send federal troops to Milwaukee. If we meet them with hate and violence we will further the divide. I understand that we’re fighting egregious evil and people are completely fed up. But if we meet them with love (peaceful protests, strong knowledgeable voices, conversations and unity) we will show by our actions who is truly superior in mind and heart and strength. Love is THE spiritual currency and the highest of all intelligent answers. Any violence or hate adds fuel to Donald Trump’s fire. Keep in mind that half of this country believes we have it wrong. They are looking very closely to find fault that can be used against us.

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    1. Shame on you sister….God knows who is evil and it sure wasn’t Mr. Trammell…maybe look into a mirror? It’s a free country or it was and ppl can say or think whatever they want…YOU, how dare you, don’t need to apologize for this man, don’t you try to change his words after his death – minds are change through actions not words. We can definitely see the results of action by those who oppose God, President Trump and Mr. Trammell.


      1. What does THAT even mean? My God, the Anti-Trump crowd is SO FULL OF HATE. Its one thing to hate someone for his past doing or sayings but what’s the excuse now? He was NEVER considered a racist, homophobe, genophobe, xenophobic or any other phobe until he beat Hillary. Then the media who once loved Trump, turned on him because they were told to in no uncertain terms by the Democrat party!! This man has done more for this country and the black community than the previous “black” President did. But you still HATE him- why? You choose the Democrats over him even though the Democrat party is responsible for creating a system that kept the poor poorer and the rich richer? I guess there’s no reaching anyone who listens to the media, their friends and family and acts according to those words ONLY. Don’t ever start thinking for yourself and doing research about what YOU think though. Keep being useful idiots the democrats need once every 2 to 4 years.


    2. I believe Raz tried to change the moral ideas of his community. He was obviously a Reformer, a pioneer. One who understood morality better than his neighbors. He measured your ideals vs his against a biblical standard. (Most liberals seem to measure values against a civil or political standard.)

      Decent behavior, the kind Raz adhered to was approved by God. The standards political enemies adhear to are determined by a mob, not necessarily God. To Raz the world cannot grow morally better or worse if there is no “Natural Law of Behavior.” The kind God establishes. For Raz, he apparently believed there was moral advancement in not executing what liberals believe. Behind his political beliefs he was justly interested in right conduct- in fair play, unselfishness, courage, good faith, honesty and truthfulness. Sadly his death was likely a response to what he believed. I wish I could have known him!


    3. I wish it were not the goal to PROVE superiority of any kind. I simply do not agree or believe the President is evil in any way. It could be I am wrong. It could be just as likely you are wrong. I wanted the opportunity to vote Yang or at least see him debate 45.
      I wanted a viable choice. I don’t understand anyone CHOOSING Joe Biden to lead our nation. I don’t understand anyone wanting to defund the police. I don’t understand people approving of destroying statues or wanting to control the speech of anyone else. I will never understand feeling superior to anyone else over their political choice. This leads to people feeling entitled to kill someone over their political choice. Both sides feel egregious evil is on the other side. 6 people own all to -90% of televised and printed media/news, Fox was bought by one of them. China’s Communist Party funds BLM which funds the DNC pushing for defunding the police in blue states and cities. Blue states and cities were the only ones to seed infected people into nursing homes producing 40% of Covid deaths unnecessarily…blue states and cities encouraged the Protests that brought tens of thousands of our high risk black population into close contact exposing them to the virus that is more deadly to them. Defunding the police exposes minority communities to harm and death unnecessarily. This president has cut Big Pharma’s profit’s down to 50%-70% lower, given long term funding to HBC’s, brought black representative Tim Scott’s opportunity Zone dreams to reality with billions invested into black inner city communities, he has enacted 3 phases of prison reform, making sure that jobs, transportation, housing and education are available for a new life for those who get out, he has insisted on kidney treatment reform, 58 regional transplant centers to have oversight to increase kidney transplants over treatment, transparent medical pricing forced, interstate telehealth services, put a black man in charge of Fed Housing making real changes, resolving the back log of years of complaints, insured our future security by gaining dominance in space and established a space force. He wants Americans to have a peaceful, prosperous future. Central America and Mexico are being blessed by the actions to eliminate drug and human trafficking. These paradises may be free of the murderous gangs and global forces that keep 3rd world nations in poverty and seek to continue unnecessary wars. They fight him all the way on ending these endless conflicts and bringing our troops home. This is good for all Americans of all races. The violence ending in blue state cities would bring safety and security primarily to minority communities. Who wants the bloodshed to continue? Why not have the help to end it? What is to be gained by the awful toll on black lives? Who wants 900 black babies a day to continue to be aborted? Why? Think. Think. Think.


      1. Excuse me! Donald Trump is a man. He is not divine, nor is he evil! 🇺🇸
        But he is a true patriot🇺🇸, and a blessing to this nation and the world. 🇺🇸
        God has His hand on him! I thank God for giving him to us as President for “such a time as this”! And this wonderful man of faith has become a martyr for God for all eternity!
        “Vengeance is Mine! I will repay” saith the Lord‼️. 🙏👍✝️🛐


    4. I read the entire article and geel sad that a person would kill another for their OPINIONS. I have to say however I am not surprised. This world is truly full of the evil caused by the devil. So msny people simply do not have or SHOW true respect. It is obvious in so many diections and for us believers in God have only one thing and that is our Faith. God knows our heart and and we can take comfort in that. We will see more evil and wrongdoing buy certain people. Im not ponting to any race either. As i said God knows the heart and will judge according to our true thoughts, intentions and actions we take towards eachother.. Ras Bernel spoke his beliefs and an evil idiot killed him for it. God will take care of the punishment for the bad people in our world i have no doubt. The are many wonderful people in this world too. We are truly all living in a time where Biblical prophcies are occurring. We must stay strong in our Faith. Smile at others, do simple kind deeds and keep our heart and mind focused on God because He will no doubt win against evil in the end. That you Ras for your simple way of living and for sharing your thoughts. So many have been touched by your words .


    5. There are lots of people on this post assuming Bernell was murdered by a liberal who didn’t like his views. There is zero evidence of that. There is zero evidence of who or why. In addition none of the people who are promoting that he was murdered by a liberal even knew him or know the peaceful neighborhood we live in or the environment around him that morning. A God fearing man like Bernell cares about truth and I sincerely doubt he would want people to use his death for a political agenda of hating liberals. He often supported democratic candidates as well. He had specific reasons for each person he chose to support. The people in our neighborhood either loved him, liked him or tolerated him. No one wanted him gone. He is now being comforted by the Lord. Please stop with the hate here.

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  2. I don’t know what to say other than I am truly saddened and outraged. What have we let things come to? I pray Ras is being shown his way home with the Lord’s hand on his shoulder consoling him. This should be the wake-up call the nation needs.


  3. I knew and loved this “Ras” I remember him tall,strong and fun loving…he was smart, mild and obedient. He was the one in the family that you could surley call on to fight for you against the bully in the neighborhood. Back in those days it was about your fists and not the bullet. As he got older…Yeah, he lied, he stole, he ran the weed…he lived a young black man’s life like we all done during those times…basketball, girls and run ins with the police
    (po-po). When I first came to milwaukee he and I would walk the train tracks down in the gully all the way to downtown we would then walk up third street sorry, old world third street which was third street what is now MLK? Any we like to walk to. But I remember there was a bakery on the corner there when MLK ran into North Ave….its still North Ave right?
    But anyway he liked jelly filled doughnuts and he would always buy his little 11-12 year old brother a doughnut.
    Now a days I try to remember that no matter the reason when you look a someone….no matter the reason…remember they too laugh, cry, love, shown kindness…they are someone’s son, sister,mother,father, uncle,niece or even brother…
    So let me say to the author thank you for showing my brother respect, admiration (Love)and curiosity and seeking his voice on a subject. I can tell you without a doubt that was a good going away present.
    I thank you on his behalf.


  4. My heart is truly broken reading this man’s story. This is why people are afraid to share their ideas, especially politically if they are independent, conservative or a Republican. Especially if you are black and are any of these things. May God rest his soul.


  5. I’m sorry for the loss of this man, I am sure he lived quite the life. Everyone doesn’t have to agree with one and another beliefs or values but murdering the man, is so sad.


  6. I did not know this amazing man but as far as I can tell, he died a HERO. A man willing to stand up for what he believes in while knowing he is going to be subjected to criticism, humiliation, and even death is a MAN that I can RESPECT. He will be remembered as an example of COURAGE for me to emulate. Rest in paradise my Brother and thank you for your INSPIRATION.

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  7. I hope all Americans of all colors will soon realize we are being played by the most wicked and evil people hiding in the shadows. They are pitting us against one another to divide us while they secretly carry out their own agenda in the background. We are being used as useful idiots to their cause as we kill each other over nonsense. Once the dust settles these “elite” folks will finish off whoever is left even if you once sided with them. They will not let any of us “common people” live as we are poor useless eaters to them. Please watch the below video of a country, Yugoslavia, that has already been through this. History is being repeated, let’s learn from their mistakes. A brilliant video explaining what is going on here. If you call this a conspiracy theory and walk away you a playing directly into their hands and are not being an individual of sound mind and reason. It is not the liberal left or the conservative right that we need to worry about, it’s the final solution that arises after we are done killing each other that we need to worry about. Together, black brown white, we can defeat them, but only together. God bless you and yours!


  8. Brought tears to my eyes… and something else. Who murdered him or even why matters not.

    “For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. ”
    Exodus 40:16

    His words, his testimony are sealed… Like Christ the truth of them has been paid for .. in blood


  9. God is truly intentional and I believe That this was not a coincidence in how this all happened to you….this man was peacefully sharing his voice and you capturing this and choosing to post this is so great because he had insight to what he was trying to tell people. You chose to listen you chose to not just think he was some crazy person because of who was going to vote for…he was a simple man living his best life. Some hateful person came and took his life….it is your job to get this story out there for him. He is in heaven now out of hell on this earth. I hope you are able to see the WHY because it is truly happening in our government the one world regime is real and alive and if people don’t wake up we will be in a socialized country sooner than later

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  10. This story-this man-brought tears to my eyes. I have watched the two videos twice… shared on my social media. I took screeen shots of the photos you took.
    I see him now as very similar to his beautiful and healthy spider plant-sending off new shoots to grow.. and grow.. and more shoots from each of those. Seed.
    I can’t quite shake this one.
    Thank you for being there to share his story.


  11. It is a sad day in America when people feel justified to murder someone because their political beliefs don’t align. Obviously Black ives don’t matter because MSM is not outraged enough to share how liberals are dividing this country. RIP Mr. Trammell.


  12. Such courage this good man had. Makes me wonder, do I have courage? Do we have any courage among us? He stood up for his beliefs and for his Lord and Savior.
    I know he is walking with God now.
    Let us stand together, we need to save our country from globalism. We need to honor the legacy of Ras.
    We need to learn from his courage.


  13. As always we have seen nothing in the media posting about this horrible execution of a man that chose to bloom where he was planted. His life was taken by his own people for the very reason BLM justifies their protests. His only downfall was he promoted a true narrative not the lie BLM is wrapping around the Black community to enrage their anger. Only GOD has the final say on how this all ends and we ALL will stand before him one day and account for everything we did or did not do. GOD have mercy on us and open the eyes of voters to turn out in such numbers that President Donald Trump will be re-elected by a huge landslide. It’s time to awake the sleeping giant because the Trojan horse aka BLM is in our homeland and government and its time for people of ALL color to unite under GOD and win this war being waged on our beloved country.



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