The Obama campaign has persuaded a delegate to step down after she was fined $75 for telling her neighbor’s tree-climbing black children “to quit playing in the tree like monkeys”.
Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski, who says she also calls her own grandchildren monkeys, insists that she didn’t mean anything racially derogatory and that she was merely concerned that the children might fall from the tree and get hurt.
But the neighbor disagrees. According to Police Commander Michael Kilbourne, “She felt it was racist because of the fact the children were African-American.”
What’s astonishing about this story isn’t that the neighbor is considered a more credible judge of what Ms. Ramirez-Sliwinski meant than Ms. Ramirez-Sliwinski; it isn’t even the hypocrisy of the Obama campaign calling Ms. Ramirez-Sliwinski’s use of the term monkeys “divisive and unacceptable”. Such self-parody has become common in what passes for discourse in “post-modern” America.
No, what’s astonishing is that the police would respond and ticket a woman $75 for likening tree-climbing children to monkeys.