'Dedicated to whoever vandalized my car.' Cool!
I was moved by Erin's story. Many of us have experienced discrimination or hate crimes of one sort or another. For me, it was harassing phone calls and death threats mailed to my home address. For a friend of mine, it was losing his job. Another of my friends was murdered and his body burned.
Sometimes, such an event can radicalize a person. It can turn a victim into an activist. That's what happened with Erin. Erin comes across in the movie as a very ordinary woman. What happened to her led her to do an extraordinary thing. I admire her dedication, and I sympathize with the hardships she endured because of it.
Further, her story inspired others to do brave things that they might not have done otherwise. Her sister and mother spoke out publicly because of Erin's trouble. They might not have done so had this not happened. Erin's ride-along friend, who helped find out whether it would matter if the driver were a man, got to participate in direct action because of Erin's example.
For Erin, this crime committed against her became an avenue for personal growth and empowerment. Would that we all reacted this way.