the state

-of personal stories by jgrimsrud
Tuesday, 11 November 2008, 19:02
Filed under: -of bios, -of jgrimsrud, -of politik

“personal stories” because every person is an amalgam of traits, identities, stories…  and any law of prejudice and bigotry not only catches a swath of people in its net, but affects, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, all members of society.

pete cenedella commented on our recent post on prop. 8, and was kind enough to direct us to his page on the huffington post, with a story he posted today about one especially striking individual.  so, ¡take a look!

i just heard part of something on npr about harvey milk, the out-and-proud san fransisco politician gunned down in his office in 1978.  some younger people were recorded with “we don’t know much about him” or “i don’t know why he matters today” comments.  i wish i could’ve heard someone smack these unfortunates upside the head; harvey milk’s story is not only a relevant and provocative piece of american history, but it’s especially powerful now, when california has turned a cold shoulder to its own citizens.

if you don’t understand my frustration, or just want to take another look at the history, go watch the times of harvey milk (director rob epstein w/ narrator harvey fierstein).  i know there’s a sean penn movie coming out, but this documentary is required.

a mural lives on the wall of the camera store milk used to run in the castro district, inscribed: “if a bullet should enter my brain, let the bullet distroy every closet door.”


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