Enough Prejudice!

February 19, 2010 at 7:02 am 2 comments

Oh, man, DH and I watched the first half of Milk the other night and I can’t get it out of my head!  (Yes, I’m a year behind on Oscar movies — going to the movies? um, four years behind!)  Anyway, what a powerful film about the roots of the gay rights movement, told through the story of one closeted office worker turned out-and-proud activist-politician.

The power of the film and its message is on both sides of the coin — the horror of how prejudice leads to violence and inhumanity, and the hope in how one person can make a difference in the world.

And, on the concept of “enough,” it’s got me really thinking in my spare moments about how, when people are fighting to exclude others, they never feel they have enough protection from these “others.”  They live in fear of these “others” taking something from them.  They resort to violence because they have created the idea that these “others” are threatening them.  And there will never be enough protection for them until these “others” are basically eradicated.  Sound Hitlerian?  Well, if it quacks like a duck…

Anyway, looking forward to watching the other half one of these evenings (thank goodness for Netflix), and feeling proud of the filmmakers who got this important and relevant story to the screen.  The fight for human rights, civil rights, in our country (though we are better than Uganda on this one!) is alive and well, and there is much to be done…

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  • 1. Sharon  |  February 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    You will need to check out Blood Done Sign My Name when it comes out. It happened here in NC, not far from us, and is a true story. The book by the same name (by Tim Tyson) is beautiful. The movie is opening tonight in some theaters.

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  • 2. Vicki  |  February 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    This movie reduced me to tears. Others with this theme have done the same. I feel, literally, as if I am being torn in two when I witness in a very focused way the cruelty of mankind. Thanks for writing.

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