Vol. 3    No. 10
May 15, 2008
On May 15, 2008, Communities United issued the following statement concerning vandalism that was done to
the Beth Israel Center:
“Hate, once again, has come to our community.
Three swastikas and the words “Die Jew” were written on the entry door and exterior wall of Beth Israel Center,
one of Madison’s synagogues.
That swastikas would be drawn on the doors to a synagogue just days before the annual Holocaust
Remembrance Day is as cowardly as it is despicable.
Seventy-five years ago on January 30, 1933 Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany and the world
stood silent.  It was on that January day that the symbol of the Nazi party, the swastika, became for all time a
symbol of hatred for and planned destruction of the Jewish people, its institutions, and its community.
Seventy years ago on November 9 and 10, 1938 Kristallnacht – The Night of Broken Glass took place throughout
Germany and Austria and, once again, there was silence.
Sixty-five years ago, the silence continued as the number of Jews killed by SS Einsatzgruppen passed one
million and the Nazis, on March 22, opened the newly built gas chamber and crematory IV at Auschwitz and two
weeks later the fifth gas chamber and crematory.  With five crematories operating at Auschwitz, the Nazis proudly
recorded their daily capacity of 4,756 bodies.
By the time it ended, six million Jews – including one-and-one-half million children – were murdered in the death
factories of the Third Reich.
The Holocaust, the planned destruction of the Jews and their institutions and communities, began with words
and symbols – the same words and symbols that have now, once again, come to Madison.  The world stood silent
Communities United will not stand silent today.  We, who come from many different communities, condemn and
reject these messages of hate.  
This time, the hatred was directed at our community’s Jews and its institution.  Over the years, hate has been
directed at gay and lesbian individuals, Native Americans, Hmong, Latinos, Muslims, African-American,
immigrants, the disabled, and others who are part of the beautiful and valued mosaic which is our community.
We invite all to join with us and loudly proclaim “not in our town” today or ever.  We will never be silent when
hate, in any form, comes to our community.”
As much as we want to believe in the forces of human evolution that humankind will evolve and we will leave  
hate behind, we must always understand that the forces of hate are always with us, much like a virus in the
human body. It may appear that we have rid ourselves of the virus and we are feeling fine, but the virus is always
present, waiting to take advantage of conditions that will allow it to spread its infection throughout the body once
The forces of ignorance and hate displayed by the incident at Beth Israel Center and in Jenna, La. when nooses
were hung in a schoolyard tree are always with us in our society, waiting to take hold when the opportunity seems
ripe. It is no surprise to me that this incident occurred during a period of economic uncertainty, when people
grasp for stereotypes and images to create scapegoats that will put into simplified, erroneous terms the complex
economic and sociological forces that are negatively affecting their lives.
That is why our community must always be alert to the possible spread of racism, ignorance and hate. It is up to
this community to “immunize” itself against these hateful actions by promoting understanding of each other and
accepting and ensuring each other’s right to participate in the economic and social dynamics of our society.
And when the “virus” of ignorance and racism does begin to show itself and attempt to spread, it is up to
organizations like Communities United and all of us to attack the ignorance and make sure that it can’t spread
and infect the unthinking and easily led members of our community.
As a community, we must condemn this action at Beth Israel Center and all recent actions that have occurred
against members of the African American and Hmong communities during the past year.
Ignorance and racism cannot be dismissed as the actions of the few and therefore nothing is done about it. Over
time, it can fester and spread. We must never let that happen.

Stories & Columns

The Literary Divide: Time to  
move on,
by Dr. Paul Barrows

Slanty Eyed Mama performance at
the UW-Madison: Streams of
consciousness (Part 2),
by Jonathan Gramling

The state of Black Madison 2008:
Before the Tipping Point/A painful
by Jonathan Gramling

Music of India
Series/Carnatic-Hindustani Flute
by Jonathan Gramling

Economic Stimulus: Why you
should save - or invest - your tax
by Richard Entenmann

Asian Wisconzine:" Who am I?"
A mixed Asian American dilemma,
by Heidi M. Pascual

Politicas de hoy: Hillary Clinton
barre con Obama,
por Alfonso Zepeda Capistran

Simple Things: Poems and other
by Lang Kenneth Haynes

Voices: Mudcakes and Earth Day
in the U.S.,
by Dr. Jean Daniels

El Dia de los Niños at Union Sport
Club in Oregon: Auténtica
celebración para los Niños
by Jonathan Gramling

Ready Set Read: Leotha Stanley's
creative program in literacy,
by Laura Salinger

Immigration lawyers met with
Wis. congressional delegates

2008 Madison Home Buyers Fair:
It's a buyers market,
by Jonathan Gramling

2008 Race & Media Event Series:
Media appearances,
by Jonathan Gramling

The gauntlet of reentry (Part 4 of
Spotlight on Criminal Justice),
by Jonathan Gramling

Overture Center for the Arts
2008-09 Season: Multicultural

Editorial Staff

Jonathan Gramling
Publisher & Editor

Heidi Manabat
Managing Editor

Clarita G. Mendoza
Sales Manager

Contributing Writers
Paul Barrows
Jean Daniels
Andrew Gramling
Lang Kenneth Haynes
Heidi M. Pascual
Laura Salinger
Alfonso Zepeda Capistran

©2008 The Capital City Hues
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
Hate acts of future past