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    Delegate for Obama Quits Over Remark
    Race; Posted on: 2008-04-08 11:48:38 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Says when she called black kids 'monkeys,' she was asking them to get out of tree

    Say What?!

    Moving to nip in the bud some potential bad press, White House hopeful Barack Obama's campaign persuaded a delegate to step down after she was ticketed for calling her neighbor's African-American children "monkeys."

    Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski, a Carpentersville village trustee, was elected as an Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She sports an Obama sign in her front yard.

    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," Carpentersville Police Commander Michael Kilbourne said.

    Ramirez-Sliwinski admitted she used the word "monkeys," but said she did not intend racism. She said she was only trying to protect them from falling out of the tree.

    "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. The mother of one of the children did not see it that way, noting she and Ramirez-Sliwinski have clashed before.

    "She felt it was racist because of the fact the children were African-American," Kilbourne said.

    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.

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    News Source: suntimes

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