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Obama Delegate Resigns After Remark - used the word "monkeys" to describe black children playing
Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2008

Posted on 04/08/2008 1:53:56 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Obama Delegate Resigns After Remark

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Associated Press

CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. -- 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: howardcosell; mword; obama
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1 posted on 04/08/2008 1:53:57 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hate crime!


2 posted on 04/08/2008 1:54:52 PM PDT by webheart
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To: Free ThinkerNY
..........was issued a $75 ticket for disorderly conduct.............

We are very near the end of civilization.

3 posted on 04/08/2008 1:55:26 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Puts me in mind of Howard Cosell.


4 posted on 04/08/2008 1:55:37 PM PDT by Clemenza (I Live in New Jersey for the Same Reason People Slow Down to Look at Car Crashes)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

the problem with most people’s skin any more isn’t the color- it’s the lack of thickness.


5 posted on 04/08/2008 1:56:37 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: holdonnow; SE Mom; sofaman

Unity ping


6 posted on 04/08/2008 1:56:49 PM PDT by AliVeritas
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To: webheart

What’s funny about it is that she, the “perpetrator”, is a member of one victim group supposedly committing a “hate crime” against another victim group.


7 posted on 04/08/2008 1:56:52 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


8 posted on 04/08/2008 1:57:20 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: AliVeritas

ROFL! Love the unity PING!


9 posted on 04/08/2008 1:57:52 PM PDT by sofaman (Moses dragged us through the desert for 40 years to bring us to the one place in the ME with no oil.)
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To: webheart

ticket for disorderly conduct


Not a hate crime, just disorderly conduct.

For some reason reminded me of when a friends wife said “Look at that dirty snow in the ditch” when they were out driving one winter day.


10 posted on 04/08/2008 1:58:25 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: purpleraine

My gosh I called my kids monkey when they played in the trees! And my kids are German, French, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Devil, Cherokee, English, Black, MOSTLY Devil!


11 posted on 04/08/2008 1:58:34 PM PDT by buffyt (Glowbull warming/Climate Change - the biggest hoax/fraud/deception of the 21st century.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I was looking for a picture of her but found another interesting quote instead.

“stating that the Minutemen volunteers, American citizens, “didn’t belong in Hispanic communities.””


12 posted on 04/08/2008 1:59:02 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So, saying kids climbing in a tree like monkees is now a finable offense?.. No wonder they no longer have monkey bars at schools.


13 posted on 04/08/2008 1:59:32 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: webheart

I’m glad I didn’t get a ticket this afternoon when I told my kids to stop acting like monkeys in the dressing room at the mall.


14 posted on 04/08/2008 2:00:04 PM PDT by AngieGal
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To: buffyt

That’s what I was going to say. Black, white, whatever, I call any kid who climbs trees a “monkey.” For God’s sake things are really getting out of hand.


15 posted on 04/08/2008 2:00:19 PM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Did she say `meenkey’?


16 posted on 04/08/2008 2:01:06 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Rome2000

My youngest son MIKE who played in the trees all the time while growing up, just went for back Xrays THIS WEEK, and at the age of 24, found out that when he fell out of a tree 12 years ago and landed on his butt, he cracked some vertebrae.

He now suffers from pain, Faucet’s syndrome, & Spondylolysis = It is typically caused by stress fracture of the bone, and is associated with certain activities, such as weight lifting and gymnastics. It has been proposed that the pars interarticularis is especially vulnerable when the spine is in an extended position, and a force suddenly presses the vertebrae together, such as when landing on ones feet after a hop. This pressure acts like a nutcracker on the pars interarticularis and can fracture it in susceptible individuals.

So she may be doing the kids a favor by getting them down SAFELY from the tree!


18 posted on 04/08/2008 2:02:53 PM PDT by buffyt (Glowbull warming/Climate Change - the biggest hoax/fraud/deception of the 21st century.)
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To: Rome2000
Good grief, I'm all the way out here on the East Coast and the father's reaction scares me ~ he's more concerned with what somebody says about his children's antisocial behavior (climbing somebody else's tree) than the fact they'll probably fall out of the tree.

I think I will write the Gestapo in Carpentersville and demand they write him a ticket. Only then will I become relaxed.

Anybody have their current address?

19 posted on 04/08/2008 2:03:00 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: buffyt

If the kids fell out of the tree and broke their necks, I suppose the kids mother would sue Sliwinski, who would be judged by a black jury.


20 posted on 04/08/2008 2:05:08 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: McKayopectate

ME TOO! My kids used to repeat a counting poem.

Ten little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head. Momma called the doctor and the doctor said, no more monkeys jumping on the bed.

Nine little monkeys jumping on the bed....
etc etc etc

....taught them to count backwards and the visual was a cartoon monkey, but I always called my kids monkeys when they were climbing or bouncing! They weren’t offended!


21 posted on 04/08/2008 2:05:19 PM PDT by buffyt (Glowbull warming/Climate Change - the biggest hoax/fraud/deception of the 21st century.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Is it OK to say that white kids are climbing like monkeys? What about Asians? What about Hispanic kids? Native Americans? Pacific Islanders?
22 posted on 04/08/2008 2:05:39 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Clemenza
Puts me in mind of Howard Cosell.

"look at that little monkey go"

23 posted on 04/08/2008 2:05:52 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: Rome2000
It really wasn't any of her business that the childrens were aping simian behavior.
24 posted on 04/08/2008 2:06:13 PM PDT by isrul (Help make every day, "Disrespect a muzzie day.")
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To: Rome2000

Well my son sure was SHOCKED that he had a cracked vertebrae problem that showed up on this week’s Xray and the doctor asked, Did you ever fall from a high place and land on your butt? Mike remember falling from the tree. I bet he didn’t even tell me at the time that he fell because he knew I wouldn’t let him go back up in that tree!


25 posted on 04/08/2008 2:07:02 PM PDT by buffyt (Glowbull warming/Climate Change - the biggest hoax/fraud/deception of the 21st century.)
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To: Rome2000

Well my son sure was SHOCKED that he had a cracked vertebrae problem that showed up on this week’s Xray and the doctor asked, Did you ever fall from a high place and land on your butt? Mike remember falling from the tree. I bet he didn’t even tell me at the time that he fell because he knew I wouldn’t let him go back up in that tree!


26 posted on 04/08/2008 2:07:03 PM PDT by buffyt (Glowbull warming/Climate Change - the biggest hoax/fraud/deception of the 21st century.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’d honestly like to get that ticket, because it would be my ticket to dish out a verbal whacking in a court of law. “Monkeys!” Indeed! Grrrr!

Did you hear the one about the bus driver who was rude to a woman as she got on the bus? He tried to get her to pay fair for her infant who she held in her arms.

She sat down and complained to the man sitting next to her, saying that the bus driver told her that her child looked like a baby gorilla.

The man said that she should go up and give that bus driver a piece of her mind. He said “Go on up there.... here, I’ll hold the little monkey for ya!”


27 posted on 04/08/2008 2:07:06 PM PDT by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: purpleraine
She didn't say they looked like monkeys. she only pointed out that they were aping simian behavior. But if she put it that way, the parents probably wouldn't have understood a word of it.
28 posted on 04/08/2008 2:08:43 PM PDT by isrul (Help make every day, "Disrespect a muzzie day.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a macaca.


29 posted on 04/08/2008 2:08:49 PM PDT by mikeus_maximus (Universal constants: n+0 = n; m*c^2 = e; mullet + jean shorts = Univ. of Florida Gators fan)
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To: Clemenza

30 posted on 04/08/2008 2:09:34 PM PDT by SengirV
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To: kingattax
the problem with most people’s skin any more isn’t the color- it’s the lack of thickness

Exactly. Some people can be "offended" by anything if they look hard enough.

I recently had this discussion with a black coworker who complained of prejudice towards her at a facility we serviced. When asked why she felt that way... she said the staff ignored her and "if they could have used the "n" word....I have no doubt they'd have used it". I told her they ignored me as well for the first 2 months I went there.....basically because they were so short-staffed and busy.....not having time to visit or entertain the outside help.

As far as this article goes.....people need to get a grip. I've described my grandchildren as little monkeys......because they're into everything and bouncing off-the-walls at times. It would never occur to me that it could be taken as a racial slur. Good grief!

31 posted on 04/08/2008 2:13:11 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: webheart
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.”

Why did she even say ANYTHING? Not her tree, not her property, not her kids, not her business.

32 posted on 04/08/2008 2:13:18 PM PDT by weaponeer
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To: weaponeer

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-carpenter-trustee-both-08apr08,0,568283.story

As an aside, was the tree in the neighbors yard?


33 posted on 04/08/2008 2:14:33 PM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: Free ThinkerNY

While I read the whole new piece, I still don’t get it. What was the crime here? The word, monkeys? Is it now against the law to use that word? If so, just about every parent has been guilty of calling his/her kids monkeys at some point in their childhood. What are we supposed to conclude from all of this? That monkeys have become a verbally protected species?


34 posted on 04/08/2008 2:15:25 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: LaineyDee
Some people can be "offended" by anything if they look hard enough

these people want to be "offended" so they can take advantage of it

35 posted on 04/08/2008 2:17:03 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh good FRICKIN grief. I describe my own pasty white daughter as a monkey all the time.

Political correctness is extreme poison on our country.


36 posted on 04/08/2008 2:19:54 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: muawiyah
he's more concerned with what somebody says about his children's antisocial behavior (climbing somebody else's tree)

The tree was in the father's front yard.

37 posted on 04/08/2008 2:21:29 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: Rome2000

“I calmly said the tree is not there for them to be climbing in there like monkeys.”

I can’t remember how many times my mother used to call us monkeys because we were always climbing trees. We thought nothing of it. People are really getting pitiful.


38 posted on 04/08/2008 2:21:46 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Clemenza

That was soooooooooooo funny when that happened....I guess I live in NJ the same reason you do


39 posted on 04/08/2008 2:22:29 PM PDT by geege
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This will be on the front page of your local paper just like the article below. < /sarc>

"Get me more white people" [Michelle O's handler]]

40 posted on 04/08/2008 2:26:37 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Just say "No" to BO.)
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To: Clemenza
Puts me in mind of Howard Cosell.

That was a classic moment. I was watching that game, and said that Cosell's career just ended.

41 posted on 04/08/2008 2:27:16 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well....I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!


42 posted on 04/08/2008 2:29:51 PM PDT by syriacus (Wright's non-prophet chickenhood came home to roost in a million dollar mansion in a gated community)
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To: Rome2000
the incident occurred Saturday, when two children were playing in a tree next door to Ramirez-Sliwinski’s house.

It sounds like the kids were playing in their own tree, which makes this woman the worst kind of busybody (especially given that the parents were present). Calling the police was not an appropriate response, but she should have minded her own business.

43 posted on 04/08/2008 2:34:39 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: syriacus
Well....I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!


44 posted on 04/08/2008 2:38:13 PM PDT by steveo (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: Bitsy

Are you from a racial group that has historically been compared to monkeys and apes?


45 posted on 04/08/2008 2:38:43 PM PDT by Shade2
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To: Disambiguator

If they weren’t in their “own” tree.... the kids were trespassing and the parents were allowing it. Next time the “busybody” just needs to call police and have them intervene on the property owner’s behalf.


46 posted on 04/08/2008 2:39:33 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: Yaelle

I call my asian/black/caucasion kids little monkeys. Do I sue myself?


47 posted on 04/08/2008 2:42:07 PM PDT by denfurb (proud Mama, 6 girls and 1 boy)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

PC run amok. I love it when the liberals eat their own. Live by PC die by PC.......


48 posted on 04/08/2008 2:43:07 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: denfurb

No, but you can give yourself a ticket :).


49 posted on 04/08/2008 2:43:19 PM PDT by notbuyingit2
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To: Rome2000

Why do you assume that they will grow up and rob her house?


50 posted on 04/08/2008 2:43:46 PM PDT by Shade2
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