The American writer and director has tweeted a video containing the scenes from his acclaimed piece ‘Do the Right Thing’ and scenes related to the 2014 murder of Eric Garner by the police as well as the recent murder of George Floyd by the police.
The video was first shown by CNN where Lee stated that “We are Seeing this again and again and again. This is the thing, the killing of black bodies, that is what this country is built upon”.
Some 6 years ago the Staten Island witnessed how a police officer kills Garner, a black man, with bare hands. He chokeholds the man and does not give up regardless of the fact that the man repeatedly says that he could not breathe.
That is not the end for this type of savage acts as on May 25, 2020, a white American cop kneels over the neck of George Floyd – also a black man – for more than eight minutes, two minutes of which have been after the man was completely unresponsive and dead. The man also says that he cannot breathe.
The character on Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ get’s the same fate.
These acts have been widely censured by the American state and also by the huge filmmaking firms such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscars, has also announced its support for the black people especially the black people in the filmmaking business.