Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing was a fantastic film. It was funny and over-the-top, but at the same time it was super serious and an amazingly well done commentary about race relations in the United States.

It’s a very complicated film which ends (spoiler) with Mookie, one of the main characters, throwing a garbage can through the window of Sal’s Pizzeria following the death of a young black man at the hands of a police officer. It’s just as powerful and relevant today as it was when it was released in 1989. Many people wonder (as it’s never explicitly stated) if Mookie and the rest of the people who destroyed the pizzeria did the right thing. I don’t think it matters whether or not it was “right” by anybody’s moral standards. What matters for me is that his actions brought justice to Radio.

I agree with Malcolm X on this one. There is nothing wrong with using violence in direct action, especially in self-defense.

 

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