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Spike Lee Makes a Statement with Eric Garner & “Do the Right Thing” Video

The outpouring of love, support and cries for justice for the family of Eric Garner has been nonstop since his story broke last month. Tensions are still running high with no real consequence having been rendered to those responsible and to make matters worse, the arrest of the citizen who recorded the video has further agitated the situation.

Helping to keep the fire burning for justice in hopes that something is done, acclaimed film director Spike Lee added his own personal touch to the voices speaking out. Drawing from the original video of the altercation that led to the death of Eric Garner, Spike inserted clips from his iconic film Do the Right Thing which deals heavily with race issues and illustrates a very similar scenario about police brutality with the death of the character Radio Raheem.

Adding scenes from Do the Right Thing, which turned 25 this summer, gives the video an even more familiar, but chilling and somehow deeper significance, heightened by the lines spoken by Samuel L. Jackson. Our prayers and support go out to the Garner family.

What are your thoughts on Spike Lee’s artistic message with this video?

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