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Harvey Milk was a hero

Posted: October 17, 2009 7:51 p.m.
Updated: October 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
As a product of the William S. Hart School District (Hart High Class of ‘02), I have never recalled spending an entire class period discussing the accomplishments of Ceser Chavez, Christopher Columbus or even Martin Luther King Jr. on their respective days. This has always been taught in our textbooks, whether mentioned in a section or a whole chapter devoted to the person.

It disappoints me that my state elected officials are having trouble recognizing the accomplishments of Harvey Milk, which had a lasting effect on not only the state of California, but the entire nation.

Harvey Milk and his grassroots spirit laid the groundwork for the ongoing gay civil rights movement and, without a doubt, will be taught in textbooks — regardless of “Harvey Milk Day” or not.

King, Chavez and Milk, born within a few years of each other, were heroes to their respective communities. Heroes who were not understood by outsiders. Heroes who, in due time, have (and will, in Milk’s case) received the honor and respect they deserve.

I agree 100 percent with the district’s decision to leave it up to the teachers to do what they wish. It is a smart, mature and forward-thinking decision.

I’m sure Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger felt the same way. Now if only the rest of our state officials can do more recognizing than criticizing.

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