by Jonathan Gramling
by Heidi M. Pascual
Columns & Features
Reflections on the Holiday
by Jamala Rogers
I must say, as I always do, that the King Holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is my favorite holiday of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving,
Christmas and all of the other holidays spent with family and friends throughout the year.
But the King Holiday is one that hasn’t been commercialized yet — and I pray to God never does get commercialized. It is a time for reflection and contemplation not
only on civil rights, but deeper than that. It is a time to reflect on our common humanity and how we treat one another.
I must say that I am very encouraged by the election of Tony Evers as governor of Wisconsin. Beyond the usual partisan rhetoric, I find Tony to be a decent man.
Many people conjectured that he couldn’t get elected because he wasn’t personally calling out his opponent and calling him all sorts of vile names.
I’ve only met Tony when he has volunteered with the 100 Black Men Backpacks for Success event where he has volunteered for the past four years. It wasn’t a
gambit and I think he truly enjoyed interacting with the kids and their parents as he handed out backpacks filled with school supplies. He is an educator after all. He
wasn’t there in campaign mode making sure that he was seen by one and all. He was just one of the volunteers there for the kids.
I like Tony because he isn’t shrill and speaks with a lot of double talk. He is mild-mannered and straight forward. And he is very matter-of-fact about what is agenda
is. He wants full funding for Wisconsin’s public schools and the Medicaid expansion from the Affordable Care Act. And most impressive is that right out of the
blocks, he said that he wants to restore in-state tuition for the children of immigrant families, no matter what their status, and allow immigrants to obtain Wisconsin
Often times, politicians will make all kinds of promises to people of color on the campaign trail and then after the election, they will say, ‘Yes, I’m for it, but it will
have to wait. It’s just not politically feasible right now.’ -- READ MORE
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JANUARY 14, 2019