The minute-and-a-half video is titled “3 Brothers,” and it poses the query “Will history stop repeating itself?” earlier than leaping between the 2014 mobile phone video of Eric Garner being put in a lethal chokehold by the NYPD, the riot scene from Do the Right Thing by which Radio Raheem (performed by Bill Nunn) is put in an analogous chokehold, and the current footage of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin suffocating George Floyd by putting his knee on his neck.
3 Brothers-Radio Raheem, Eric Garner And George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/EB0cXQELzE
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLeeJoint) June 1, 2020
The director additionally appeared on CNN to debate the clip and the protests with Don Lemon.
“The assault on black our bodies has been right here from the get-go,” says filmmaker Spike Lee, responding to protests over George Floyd’s dying. “…I’m not condoning all this different stuff however I perceive why persons are doing what they’re doing.” https://t.co/K5Gzn1gRT0 pic.twitter.com/sxnZJ9xRpi
“What we’re seeing today is not new,” Lee mentioned. “We’ve seen this again and again and again, and people are asking the same questions: ‘Why are people rioting? Why are people doing this?’ Because people are fed up and people are tired of the debasing, the killing of black bodies. That’s what this country is built upon.”
“I would just like to say this: this stuff is diverse,” he added, referring to the nationwide protests. “I’m seeing a whole lot of white, young people out there who are joining with us in this show of displeasure with this country.”
picture:Spike Lee attends 2017 American Black Film Festival.Aaron Davidson/WireImage