Always Running

Ramiro is Luis Rodriguez’s son (named, it would seem, after Chente Ramírez, Luis’s beloved mentor). Ramiro appears in the memoir’s first and final chapters. At first, he’s portrayed as a teenaged delinquent who hates his father and feels a thirst for crime and violence. In the final chapter, however, Luis shows that Ramiro has made great strides toward getting his life under control, having come to terms with his abusive stepfathers and, much like Luis himself, turned to poetry and music as outlets for his frustrations. By his own admission, Luis wrote his memoir in order to convince Ramiro not to embrace the life of a gang member, as Luis himself did when he was Ramiro’s age.

Ramiro Quotes in Always Running

The Always Running quotes below are all either spoken by Ramiro or refer to Ramiro. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Always Running published in 2005.
Preface Quotes

Following me, Ramiro was a second-generation gang member. My involvement was in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Los Angeles, the so-called gang capital of the country. My teen years were ones of drugs, shootings and beatings, and arrests. I was around when South Central Los Angeles gave birth to the Crips and Bloods. By the time I turned 18 years old, 25 of my friends had been killed by rival gangs, police, drugs, car crashes and suicides.

Related Characters: Luis Rodriguez (speaker), Ramiro
Page Number: 4
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Ramiro Character Timeline in Always Running

The timeline below shows where the character Ramiro appears in Always Running. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Preface
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...winter of 1991, Luis Rodriguez, the narrator and author, resides in Chicago. His eldest son, Ramiro, is involved in gang life. Luis is reminded of his own gang involvement in Los... (full context)
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That winter, Luis gives his son “an ultimatum.” Furious, Ramiro leaves the house, and Luis chases after him, begging him to come home. Ramiro ignores... (full context)
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Luis remembers when Ramiro was born in the late 1970s, just before Luis turned twenty-one. Two years later, Luis... (full context)
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In 1991, Ramiro runs away for two weeks. Luis is so furious that he replaces the locks on... (full context)
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...poverty and crime. He feels a deep responsibility, in writing his memoir, to save “the Ramiros of this world” from the allure of La Vida Loca. (full context)
Epilogue
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Luis dedicates his memoir to his children, especially his son Ramiro. Ramiro is still young, but he’s already endured a lot. Luis writes, “He has a... (full context)
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Recently, Ramiro—now aged seventeen—read a poem about the abuse he endured from his stepfather. Since that time,... (full context)