Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hyper-sensitivity Vs. Common Sense

The Chicago Sun Times has an interesting article (get it here) about one of Obama's delegates being asked to "step down." Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski has been asked to step down from her post as one of Obama's delegates over a remark that she made to her neighbor's children.

When Ramirez-Sliwinski looked out of her window and saw her neighbor's two children playing high in a tree, she feared for their safety. Instead of ignoring it, she went outside and told them to,"quit playing in the tree like monkeys." What was so awful about that? The neighbor and her children are....gasp!...African-American!

Here's a tasty tidbit from the article:
"'The tree was not on Ramirez-Sliwinski's property," Carpentersville Police Commander Michael Kilbourne said. "Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski said she saw the kids playing in the tree and didn't want them falling out of the tree and getting hurt. She said she calls her own grandchildren 'monkeys,' " Kilbourne said."

Police? Police? Why on earth were the police involved? This is the most asinine situation that ever made the news-- yet another prime example of someone hoping and searching for something to potentially be offended about. Ramirez-Sliwinski was given a citation for disorderly conduct. I hope she learned her lesson. Next time, if those that she is concerned about are easily offended (or their idiotic parents are), leave them be and let them fall!

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