I was twenty-four when I finally got around to watching “Milk” (it took me forever to watch, I know) Â and I was astounded when I realized I had heard his story before but with major key points missing, like Milk himself.
I was in the eighth grade, in a closed-minded area a.k.a Coarsegold, when I learned about the “twinkie defense.” We were studying the methods of the American legal system and about major cases that have happened in our country’s history. I was struck by the case that involved Dan White, a San Francisco district supervisor, who assassinated the Mayor of San Francisco George Mascone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. This man, White, was charged with voluntary manslaughter and went down in history for creating a new defense that could blame food for his actions.
Instead of being taught about the men who White murdered our textbooks only spoke of the defense! I did not learn of Milk’s entire story until I finally decided to sit down and watch the movie. I had been avoiding watching it for years because I was told I would cry and become angry, which both wound up happening. After re-applying
The time has finally come! California has become the first state in the nation to require public schools to add gay history into school’s curriculum, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the landmark bill.