Vol. 7    No. 1
January 12, 2012

The Capital City Hues
(608) 241-2000

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Jonathan Gramling
Publisher & Editor

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Sales Manager

Contributing Writers
Rita Adair, Ike Anyanike, Paul
Barrows, Alfonso Zepeda
Capistran, Theola Carter, Fabu,
Andrew Gramling, Lang Kenneth
Haynes, Eileen Cecille Hocker,
Heidi Pascual,  & Martinez White

Stories & Columns

An Interview with Dr. Debbie
Jones: The Touch,
By Jonathan Gramling

Rev. C.T. Vivian to Keynote City-
County King Holiday Observance:
A Movement of the Ages,
By Jonathan Gramling

Simple Things: Courage,
By Lang Kenneth Haynes

Asian Wisconzine: Shameful
Secret to Top-College Admission:
“Don’t identify yourself as Asian!
By Heidi M. Pascual

Estudios Mexicoamericanos en
Tucson: Borrón y Cuenta Nueva,
Por Alfonso Zepeda-Capistran

Los Tres Reyes Magos,
By Jonathan Gramling

The King Coalition: Reclaiming
Our Civil Rights,
By Jonathan Gramling

Madison Resolution for In-State
Tuition for Children of
Undocumenteds: Young Innocent
By Jonathan Gramling

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Members Reflect on the Legacy
of Martin Luther King Jr.: Is Dr.
King’s Message Still Relevant?
By Martinez White and Nate

Poetic Tongues: Childhood
Lessons on Human Rights,
By Fabu

The American Dream,
By Martin Luther King, Jr.

26th Annual Women in Focus I
Have a Dream Ball: Bearing
Good Fruit,
By Jonathan Gramling

Dr. Angela Byars-Winston Named
a Champion of Change:
Promoting STEM Equity,
By Jonathan Gramling

Perspective: In 2012, Failure is
Not An Option,
By Lisa Peyton Caire

Affirmative Action Views,
By Mohammad Chohan and
Jessica Schrimp

2012 City-County Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian
Awardees Announced

Cultural Practices that are
Relevant for MMSD: Evolving
Teaching Styles (2),
By Jonathan Gramling

African Association of Madison’s
New Years Eve Gala & Dance:
An Elegant and Rhythmic Affair,
By Jonathan Gramling

China Dispatch: The last match,
By Andrew Gramling
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
                      Season for Non-Violence
It is the wee hours of the morning just before press time and I am weary, yawning with every
sentence that I write. And yet, I feel replenished spiritually because of the upcoming King Holiday and
all of the wonderful, intelligent and insightful people that I have had the pleasure to come across in
putting this King Tribute paper to bed.

Maybe it is just the exhilaration of almost being done with the paper, that last rush of energy as one
heads down the final stretch toward the finish line, but right now, I am feeling that this is the most
satisfying newspaper that I have ever published. It is about the best that we can do to offer up a
tribute that reflects Dr. King’s Beloved Community.

It contains columns from young and experienced — I’m trying to stay out of trouble. We have articles of
people who met Dr. King, including my favorite of Dr. Jones to the right of this column. There are
perspectives in English and Spanish and a myriad of issues are explored within these pages.
I realize once again how fortunate I am to be able to publish this newspaper and the reason that we
exist at all is that you, the community, have invested your time and stories in this paper. If it is at all a
reflection of Dr. King’s Beloved Community, it is because you have allowed yourself to be a part of this
paper. I am truly grateful to all of you.

As The Great Recession lingers, there is increased danger of people turning ignorant as they seek to
blame others — almost always innocent bystanders or victims themselves — for their economic
woes. And they seek solutions by creating scapegoats and stereotypes of groups of people whom they
can then deprive them of wealth and sometimes health.

A prime example of that was when Governor Scott Walker vilified state workers during his election
campaign, claiming they were overpaid and enjoyed fringe benefits no one else could enjoy, turning a
blind eye to the fact that the benefits were taken in lieu of wage increases, an arrangement that
benefitted the state and the workers. But Walker came in and placed a special tax on state workers
that cost them thousands of dollars each year. He was allowed to do it because of the stereotypes that
he had firmly planted in the imaginations of people the year before.

And now we have Republican candidates for president starting to throw the race card around. Rick
Santorum, in a desperate bid to boost his stagnant campaign in Iowa, cast stereotypes out there about
Blacks and welfare. He was playing to a predominantly white, evangelical audience and he put the
race card right out there as if Blacks are just living off the largess of everyone else. Santorum needs
to open his eyes and look at the reality of the world out there. Is he setting up the stereotypes so that if
he is elected, he can take the wealth away from a segment of the population to cure the economic
woes of others? I wonder …

I can’t help but see a push back to the civil, human and economic rights that the common folk have as
those with money and power continue to adjust to the global economy. We are entering a period in our
history where conflict results from the dawning of a new era and the old era desperately clings to the
remnants of what was. For all of our sakes, that new era, that new season must be brought in with Dr.
King’s non-violence, the only lasting change that exists on this earth.
Where Do We Go from Here?
Major Decisions to Be Made in 2012