Let’s NOT talk about race

So I’m going down the page at Instapundit and find a link to this story about an Obama delegate that was asked to quit. Why?

On Saturday, two neighbor children were playing in the tree next-door to her house.

Ramirez-Sliwinski “came outside and told the children to quit playing in the tree like monkeys. The tree was not on Ramirez-Sliwinski’s property,”

The only problem with this demonstration of “it takes a village” is that the neighbor children were black.

These are the rules and don’t forget them. MY children can be called monkeys. YOUR children can be called monkeys. But black children must never be called monkeys. It does not matter that children scramble around and play and climb like monkeys. It does not matter if they are climbing like monkeys in a tree. If you or I are accustomed to calling small monkey-like children monkeys we must be on guard to avoid forgetting that children are not all children together but they are different colors and there are different rules.

Told of the incident Monday by the Sun-Times, Obama’s campaign called Ramirez-Sliwinski and persuaded her to step aside as a delegate because the campaign felt her remarks were “divisive and unacceptable.”

Mrs. Ramirez-Sliwinski is also a neighborhood trustee (I’m not entirely certain what sort) and does not plan to run for that office again although she’s the only Hispanic trustee (married Polish??) in a community 40% Hispanic.

I thought this put it in perspective.

“Frankly, I don’t see a law that was broken here,” Sarto said. “I think this entire thing has been blown out of proportion. She’s a good neighor. She went over to caution the children to be careful not to fall out of a tree.

She has never indicated to me any prejudice whatsoever. We have a trustee who has been convicted on four counts of domestic battery and refuses to resign from the board. He beat his wife with a baseball bat. This seems far less egregious to me.”

Update: Jeff at Protein Wisdom covers this, too, and rightly highlights the fact that this woman had to pay a fine for speech. Which pretty much makes speech not *free* doesn’t it.

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4 Responses to “Let’s NOT talk about race”

  1. on 08 Apr 2008 at 8:08 pm Lance

    He beat his wife with a baseball bat. This seems far less egregious to me.

    One would think it would even if she had said it from a racially biased perspective. Sheesh.

  2. on 08 Apr 2008 at 10:33 pm XBradTC

    Maybe she should have just swatted th kids out of the tree with a baseball bat.

  3. on 09 Apr 2008 at 5:03 am Ardsgaine

    I thought this part of the article was the most revealing:

    Ramirez-Sliwinski’s $75 ticket was for “disorderly conduct,” which Kilbourne defined as, “when a person does something that alarms or disturbs another.”

    I think Mr. Kilbourne owes a $75 fine for that definition of disorderly conduct, because I find it most disturbing.

  4. on 12 Apr 2008 at 1:45 pm Ymarsakar

    This is must be how evil people get into politics. By kicking out the good with spurious infractions and lawfare.

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