Wednesday, April 9, 2008


CHICAGO TRIBUNE - Carpentersville Trustee Linda Ramirez Sliwinski vowed Monday to fight a citation she received over the weekend for a comment that apparently offended her African-American neighbors. Ramirez Sliwinski said she saw two boys climbing a tree next door to her home about 1 p.m. Saturday and asked them to stop. The mother of one of the boys called police after Ramirez Sliwinski referred to the children, ages 8 and 9, as monkeys. Ramirez Sliwinski, who is Hispanic, was issued a citation alleging that she violated a village ordinance prohibiting disorderly conduct. The ordinance bans conduct that disturbs or alarms people, and one of the boys told police he was scared by Ramirez Sliwinski's comment, Police Cmdr. Michael Kilbourne said. The citation carries a fine of $75. "She was not arrested. She was not fingerprinted. It is a local ordinance violation," Kilbourne said. . . Ramirez Sliwinski, who has been an opponent of efforts by some on the Village Board to crack down on illegal immigrants, said she meant no racial undertones by her comment.

CHICAGO SUN TIMES - 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." . . . "Given the incident, she is stepping down as a delegate and will be replaced," said campaign spokesman Ben Labolt. Ramirez-Sliwinski did not return messages seeking comment Monday. She told the Daily Herald she meant no racism with her comment but that "after this incident, I will not run again" for trustee.

The only Hispanic on the board, Ramirez-Sliwinski has been a strong voice for Carpentersville's 40 percent Hispanic population. She and Village President Bill Sarto opposed an English-only proposition and an ordinance to crack down on illegal immigrants. . . "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 neighbor. She went over to caution the children to be careful not to fall out of a tree.

SAM SMITH - One more example of concern for proper language being used by liberals as a substitute for proper policies. Part of the problem, encouraged by political correctness, is a declining understanding that language often has different meanings for the same word, something that should be celebrated rather than censured. Instead, for example, we find the disappearance of the use of the word gay for other than sexual identification. In some cases just using the wrong syllable is enough to get you intro trouble, witness the DC official who was removed for using the word niggardly in public even though it has no ethnic derivation and means miserly.


At April 9, 2008 8:56 PM, Anonymous robbie said...

Yes, this is certainly ridiculous. I've seen liberals and lefties terribly upset by this woman (voting for Obama, by the way) and her insenstive and racist comments towards these two kids. My question to them is: would you show the same opprobrium if there was one black kid and one white kid? Would there be only 50% outrage? PC gone bizarre.

At April 9, 2008 10:02 PM, Blogger Dennis Carr said...

Since I live here and have seen her in action on the village board, I can make only one comment. Why is it required to say that she is Hispanic? She was born American and is a Board Member. This is more about the overly sensitive Black race. Everything is mean to harm them! They complain about everything and contribute nothing, except playing sports that require a minimum of education. I have got sick of being PC all the time. I have been picked on because I worked in the Post Office for 45 years, "oh, you going postal?" I am Irish, "hey, how do I know if your sober?" It isn't called PC any more, it is called BS!

P.S. Don't get me wrong, I can't stand her and her attitude. The Mayor is the one of the damaged tools in the shed.


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