Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Andy just sent me the link to this article. I decided to cut and paste the whole thing here so you didn't have to click on the link if you didn't want to.

CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois delegate for Democratic Sen. Barack Obama resigned after using the word "monkeys" to describe black children playing in a tree, the Obama campaign said Tuesday.

Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski, a trustee in the Chicago suburb of Carpentersville, was issued a $75 ticket for disorderly conduct after neighbors complained to police. She says the word wasn't meant racially and she will fight the ticket.

"Given the incident, Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski is stepping down as a delegate and will be replaced," said Obama spokeswoman Amy Brundage.

The incident occurred Saturday, when two children were playing in a tree next door to Ramirez-Sliwinski's house.

She said the parents were outside supervising the children, but she went over and told them to get out of the tree because she was concerned about the boys' safety and because the small magnolia tree was being damaged.

The father of one of the boys told her it was none of her business, she told the Chicago Tribune, and "I calmly said the tree is not there for them to be climbing in there like monkeys."

The mother of one boy called police.

Cmdr. Michael Kilbourne said Tuesday a ticket was issued because the ordinance bans conduct that disturbs or alarms people. One of the boys told police he was scared by her comment and a mother said she was disturbed, he said.

Ramirez-Sliwinski does not have a listed telephone number. She did not respond immediately to an e-mail.

Ramirez-Sliwinski says she doesn't plan to run for another term on the village board. "In the eyes of the public, this is wrong," she told the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

I'm sorry... but OH MY FREAKIN WORD... you have GOT to be KIDDING ME! I would be BEYOND PO'd. I'm so sick of political correctness. I'm so sick of everyone just doing everything they can to NOT get along. So she asked your kids to get out of a tree because she was concerned for their safety and didn't want the tree damaged. That's totally understandable. WHO CARES?! Control your offspring. She didn't shout the "n" word... she didn't brandish weapons.... Was that event TRULY worthy of issuing a citation to her? Absolutely not. I think that incidences like this are going to continually prevent any kind of harmonious relationship when you're treading the waters of the racial highway. Why does everything always seem to draw down to race? There is only one race, the human race... but when the race card is continually pulled... why doesn't the community just stand up to support what is right and just and not just for what color they are?

Yes, I realize that I take a big risk for stating a type of "political message" on my blog but you know... if everyone is so afraid to talk about it... where will that get us? NO WHERE-- REAL FAST!

1 comment:

Greta Adams said...

first i have 2 words to say: AMEN SISTA!!
now let's clear the air before i go into my rant:

1st this is YOUR blog you say what the hell you want to say on it...if people don't like it they can just click the red "x" button and move right on along...

Now here is what i have to say...
that is what the hell is wrong with kids today...they all need good old fashion ass whoopins...i take it back old school girl...i tear my kids' ass up and DARE someone say i shouldn't whip my kids cause i will poke your eye out. My kids are well behaved (most of the time) and it is because i don't put up with crap!

okay rant over {stepping down} lol