Precedents Should Not Discriminate:
Hispanic suburban grandmother and pledged delegate for Obama, Linda Ramirez-Swilinski, used an unfortunate and innappropriate word at the edge of her own backyard. She was swiftly asked to resign for her “divisive” choice of words.
Thereby, the Obama campaign set a precedent: pledged delegates who make divisive comments should be asked to step down.
Comments directed toward the gay and lesbian community should be held to no less of a standard. Yet the sensitivity applied to Ms.Ramirez-Swilinski stands in stark contrast to the campaign’s decision to allow James Meeks to serve as a pledged delegate. The double standard applied to Reverend Meeks’ long history of “divisive and unacceptable” vitriol toward the LGBT community does not relfect and the honor bestowed on him as a delegate to the DNC convention do not reflect well on the campaign’s vetting process.
Suburban Obama Delegate Forced to Resigne over ‘Divisive’ Remark
Chicago Sun-Times, Abdon Pallasch, April 8, 2008
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. The only Hispanic on the board, Ramirez-Sliwinski has been a strong voice for Carpentersville’s 40 percent Hispanic population.
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. 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.”