Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Posts Moving Clip In Thanks For Veto Of Georgia’s Anti-LGBT Bill [VIDEO]

Late last night Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff posted the below gorgeous clip in thanks for the veto of Georgia’s anti-LGBT bill. The video features audio from Harvey Milk’s legendary “you gotta give ’em hope” speech as scenes of gay pride parades, the San Francisco skyline, and a diverse collection of people go by. JMG reader Cuberly tells us that the clip came to his attention via a retweet from talk show host and activist Montel Williams. I’ve embedded a tweet from Benioff below should would wish to send him your appreciation.


  • Gigi

    I’m not crying!!!!

    • Harley

      I am. That speech was moving.

    • Sam_Handwich

      Spontaneous Ocular Moistness

    • RyanInIllinois

      Me neither! I always chop onions first thing in the morning…

  • j.martindale

    I love it, except the part about “Thank you Georgia.” Georgia is the problem here.

    • Princess Lardass

      Exactly. It’s the companies and organizations that pressured the governor to veto this catastrophebill that need thanking.

    • Brian in Valdosta

      I was about to point out the same thing, j.martindale, and write something along the lines of:

      “Thank you?! THANK YOU?!!! For what, exactly!? For finally, after dragging your feet and ringing your hands, finally feeling the colossal pressure from business after business that had to threaten the loss of billions of dollars?

      The governor didn’t do anything but save himself money.”

      • ColdCountry

        The companies based in Georgia who spoke against this are part of Georgia, too. Not ALL of Georgia is the problem. Even if it was, ya gotta reward them when they do the right thing, even if they didn’t want to. You can’t beat on them all the time and then expect them to suddenly have a change of heart.

  • Tigernan Quinn

    Wow.

  • David Walker

    Thank you, Cuberly. Thank you, Joe. You gotta give ’em hope. And some tissues.

    • Cuberly

      ; )

  • Ernest Endevor

    Well done. Two questions for this better informed than what I am: what is Salesforce? What are the ‘esses’? That seems to be what Mr Milk is saying toward the end and I don’t know what he means. Yes, I know there is google but I’m on the way to the gym to get my beach body back. Priorities, people.

    • BearEyes

      Salesforce.com, amongst other things, rents office space (cubicles, conference rooms) to small independent businesses or individuals. They also provide a host of other business necessities (computers, printers, phones, storage) to give an entrepreneur an office, a “presence” – instead of working out of your garage or a spare bedroom. The idea is to make you present your self as more professional as you start your new business life or build that business life.

      • gotta love the New Economy.

        in the old days, you’d just prove you could type and talk on the phone and wear clean clothes and show up on time. you could at least get a foot in the door to a nice career. without having to pay to build your own cubicle, etc. sigh.

        • Corsair Tact

          Don’t buy the hype. My work is very new economy and I mostly work while sitting at the beach. My overhead is almost nothing.

      • Chicago joe

        Probably better known for sales tracking tools…imagine you are selling t shirts to retailers. You can load retailers in your market into sales force, track your orders, contacts, prices and purchase trends, promotion campaigns, etc. the software, called sales force as well, can do any type of reporting you desire. the office space and support has been an outgrowth of the core mission to improve your ability to sell. As a sideline you can also build your own software apps using salesforce framework, so if you want to open an online store where consumers can buy your t shirts, salesforce supports that.

        • BearEyes

          Yup. The app is what got them started. I’ve seen them from the physical perspective I mentioned.

          • DaveW

            If you use app the right way as in software application, maybe, but they did not start as an “app” as the clickity crowd uses the term. They were browser based (a browser being an app too, if you use the correct definition)

            We didn’t have phones with “apps” back then. We had computers with applications and they ran on one, a browser.

            Technically an early mover in the SAAS model because the software was on their servers , not ours. But that is true of all web based businesses.

        • DaveW

          I think it was 15 years ago my IT guy did just that-sf.com pages mimicking our website. $60b plus companies move too slow and sf.com gave us the solution. Interaction with those pages went directly to our scoring system to sort leads for my sales team. Customers thought they were on the corporate website, unless they knew how to read urls and html

          It’s run of the mill digital marketing today but it was revolutionary then.

      • DaveW

        Um, that’s PR activity, silly! SalesForce is the largest CRM software provider, having beaten out all the traditional mainframe or server based competitors like oracle (formerly Siebel), etc by embracing a SAAS model and internet based model taking advantage of the freer data flow to/from field employees thanks to the web. They came out very early with APIs and ability to read in email forms while thentraditionals were still building complex data transfer and collation schemes.

        BTW all the big players have followed. It is a classic Silicon Valley story, a real one that created value vs the dumb ideas like fridges that order food. It really is one of the first to create true value from the internet after the first wave of communications efficiency.

      • Ernest Endevor

        I see. What a good idea.

    • Shy Guy

      I believe he says the “us”es. As in all of us (plural).

      This is from an earlier speech, but uses the same terminology:
      “It’s no longer the Seniors, the unemployed, the Asian community, the Gay, the Blacks, the Latins and so forth. They’re all US. It’s US against THEM. If you add up all the USes, you’ll find we {scratch out} outnumber the THEMS. And yet the THEMS control.”

      http://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/milk-youve-got-to-have-hope-speech-text/

      • Ernest Endevor

        I will listen again. I did. he clearly articulates ‘esses’. He lists gays, asians, blacks, etc, then seems to describe the minorities just named as ‘esses’ (ss) since they are all named in the plural. as people used to refer to ‘isms’. I find it a strange usage but will try to read the speech. The music under is distracting. To my ear he isn’t saying it’s us against them, he’s saying we urgently need to be included.

        • Shy Guy

          Doesn’t sound like “esses” to me. The minorities are all the “us”es, as in we are the minorities. It is an unfamiliar word though, as us is not often pluralised.

          He frequently used this terminology. I have yet to find the exact transcript of the speech in the video, but in this other speech, he uses the same phases, like “The us-es will give up.”

          “And the young gay people in Altoona, Pennsylvanias, and the Richmond, Minnesotas, who are coming out and hear Anita Bryant on television and her story. The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right. Without hope, not only are the gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the “us-es.” The “us-es” will give up.”

          http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/amalia-pica/transcript-harvey-milks-the-hope-speech

          Second to last paragraph at the link.

          • Ernest Endevor

            Thanks very much. Then it’s his accent that’s causing the confusion. You understand that I have no argument with what he’s saying and your reading was my initial reaction since it makes most sense.

    • Jimmie Z

      I heard “essence.”

      • Ernest Endevor

        I will listen again. I did. It seems to be ‘esses’.

        • Jimmie Z

          But one must listen with an ear for what makes sense, too.

          • Ernest Endevor

            Yes, but public speaking. However, shy guy posts a link to the speech itself and it is ‘us-es’.

  • Mark

    Most days, it is that little bitty tiny piece of progress and the huge dallop of hope that keeps this pot from boiling over.

    • hiker_sf

      I know that ‘not all religions are like that’ but where there are efforts to discriminate, religion is usually to blame.

      So there is good news from Pew: The second largest “religious grouping” in the US is now ‘unaffiliated’ (up from 4th place in 2007) and 35% of millennials fall into that category.

      I’m guessing that every time they try to take away our rights, the number of people who are repulsed by their religious and political leaders increases.

      Source – #8 on this list:

      http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/03/31/10-demographic-trends-that-are-shaping-the-u-s-and-the-world/

    • Curieux Bleu

      North Carolina boiled over and Mississippi Goddam.

      The huge dallop/dollop of hope in those places is the exceedingly slow and fine grind of the Mill of The Federal Courts, probably losing at the first levels and probably winning at the 4th circuit.

      Not much hope though at the 5th circuit though for MS. Would Roberts side with the 4 liberals at Scotus? He doesn’t support gay marriage, but does he support the right to pee safely?

      • itsjoe618

        With the length of time a case like this would take to reach the Supreme Court, it’s likely another justice will have been appointed (on the assumption Republicans can’t keep the seat vacant forever) and hopefully either Hillary or Bernie will be doing the appointing. With that in mind, I don’t think Roberts vote will matter one way or another. This is the same man, mind you, that thinks that corporations have more rights to personhood than actual real people do.

        • Cuberly

          Agreed.

        • Thom Kulesa

          I just hope it won’t be Merrick Garland, this supposed “moderate” prosecutor Obama is pushing now, who never saw any corporate rights he didn’t like, and rarely saw defendant rights he wasn’t willing to whittle away. Merrick Garland is no moderate.

          Being left of Scalia is not moderate. Everyone is left of Scalia. That’s like claiming to be from the south by being from someplace south of Barrow Alaska. (the most northern town in the US.)

          Hopefully, whichever of our two nominees wins the election will withdraw Garland’s nomination, and nominate someone far better instead. Someone who actually represents the interests of our voters, and respects rights.

          Would it be too much to ask for someone who has ever been, even briefly, maybe a public defender? Is there some rule I don’t know about that says former defense attorneys are prohibited from being considered for the high court, but former prosecutors are very welcome? A former defense attorney would understand and respect civil rights far better than any former prosecutor or career judge.

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      • medaka

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        • Shy Guy

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  • Steven Leahy

    Great video, but let’s not forget that the only reason Deal vetoed this was out of economic pressure, not in the interests of doing what’s right. I guess that’s how it’s always been, though,

    • David Walker

      And probably will be. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were an altruistic decision instead of an economic one? Still, if that’s what works, use it.

    • canoebum

      Another way of saying that is the smart money is on equality, which is why all these idiot laws are going down, eventually.

    • If it takes economic pressure to make someone do the right thing, I’m ok with it. Yes, it would be wonderful if Governor’s did the right thing out of compassion and with thought for the civil rights of those who might be impacted by an unjust law. Until bigots in power realize that we should have every single civil right that is afforded to all other Americans, I’ll take my wins where and how I can get them.

    • Cuberly

      I think you’re last sentence says it all. The fact that most corps donate to both parties makes it even more bizarre, morally murky.

  • jayjonson

    Wow. just wow,

    • Curieux Bleu

      Hey, you said it for me. Tears are running, just like the lady above cutting onions.

      Thank you, Salesforce. Thank you Georgia.

    • whollyfool

      Second this.

  • Why did I watch that at work?!?

  • Blake Jordan

    Thank you Georgia / Governor Deal for maintaining the status quo in your state, i.e. LGBT+s only have protections in certain places… and not because the law would harm taxpaying, community serving, etcetera citizens, but because it would cost you a lot of money…

  • CPT_Doom

    Very moving and lovely, but let’s acknowledge the error in the video. Milk was not the first openly gay person elected in the US, he was the first openly gay man elected to public office in the US. Elaine Noble in Massachusetts was elected to the Commonwealth’s legislature in 1974 and Allan Spear in Minnesota was re-elected in 1974 after coming out during his first term. Still a great speech.

  • William

    The governor’s reasoning that they ‘don’t need a law to discriminate against the Gays, cuz they ain’t got no rights’ is hardly worth high praise.

    • Cuberly

      True, but to be honest the law would have made things worse.

  • Cuberly

    I gotta say folks. Montel Williams has been spending HOURS on twitter engaging everyone from racists to homophobes to people confused and asking questions as to why he’s so adamantly against a law that “just reinforces religious freedom.” And now he’s turned his sights to MS.

    If you’re on twitter take a moment and send him a thank you. Yeah his politics may not be like ours, and he vociferously talks about his christianity. But hey, here we have a straight christian that’s doing everything that those supposedly pro-gay christians claim to do.

    https://twitter.com/Montel_Williams/status/715575957147377664

    • He came to the defence of me on Twitter when a white supremacist Trump supporter started sending me very abusive messages. He is totally awesome.

      • Cuberly

        Wow, that’s awesome.

        I envy his succinct brevity in his tweets….lol…I’m always so long winded. He just nails stuff, fast and to the point.

  • ColdCountry

    For all those bitching and moaning about how Georgia only vetoed the bill out of self-interest, I say, knock it off. First of all, not all of Georgia is “the problem.” It was Georgia’s businesses who piled on the pressure who were the most effective in causing the veto, I’m sure.

    Not only that, but… ever train a dog? You can’t beat it for doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, or at the wrong time. When my dog, that I’d been chasing around the neighborhood for 15 minutes, suddenly “heard” me calling and came to sat down in front of me so I could put on the leash, I praised her. Scolding her would have been unproductive. You have to use the carrot as well as the stick.

    The Governor did the right thing. Thank you, Georgia.

  • TheManicMechanic

    That speech never fails to move me. Add it to a backdrop of current events and a bunch of “usses” and it’s a Kleenex Moment.