The Adventures of Cindy Li
Milk, the movie
December 15 , 2008 5 comments
Once upon a time
my friends convinced me into watching Milk, on a rainy day. Their powers of persuasion worked and I’m thankful it did. It was the last day the movie was playing in the Castro theater. The movie was about Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay official elected in California. Sean Penn played Harvey and I hope he gets an Oscar for it. It made me cry in the theater and saddens me that even still the rights for everyone are not the same.
He did a lot to progress gay rights but there is still so much left to do. He was just an “everyday guy.” He just believed that he could make a difference in his community for the better. I have friends that feel like second class citizens because they are not given the same rights as everyone (re: prop 8). I was raised christian. I believe in God but I also believe that everyone deserves to love and be loved. Why can’t it be as simple as that? I do not want to ruin the movie for those of you who don’t know the story but I am glad he existed. He inspired me because he started his cause at age 40 and achieved something to be proud of. It is never too late to start something positive in the world, to make the world a better place.
The movie will change how you feel about where we are in our country, we all want change because we all hope for something better. Remember that and keep it close to your heart. The person next to you wants good things in the world to happen. Yes I hear the cynics scoffing but generally people want the world to be better.
I leave you with this hopefully familiar poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller.
When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I was not a Jew.
When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.