Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012 10:39:14 PM
Harvey Milk, the man who’s political rise and eventual assassination that “Milk” depicts, saw a problem with the discrimination against homosexuals in San Francisco in the early 1970s and actively campaigned to change not only the mindset of those against equality but create laws to protect homosexuals. This biopic is exceptionally moving in that it not only portrays Milk’s political career, but also examines the personal costs of championing a progressive cause. The story of Harvey Milk as told in this movie encouraged me to look further into the history of blatant discrimination against homosexuals and other minorities. It has also demonstrated to me the power of persistence and importance of tenacity when faced with overwhelming odds.
In the future I would like to volunteer with the Human Rights Campaign and other activist groups currently campaigning for equal rights for people not only in America, but globally. It is my hope that more citizens become aware of their possible impact and take a responsibility for their community. The example set by Harvey Milk and exhibited in “Milk” is a powerful one not only for teens but also for the American majority. It provokes thought on how minorities are treated and encourages an understanding of those unlike one’s self.