Excerpt from the Spike Lee profile:
In October 2005 Lee produced and directed a movie for HBO entitled When the Levee Broke – a reference to the devastating floods of Hurricane Katrina that had engulfed much of New Orleans the previous month. Lee made clear his belief that President Bush had been slow to dispatch federal aid workers to Louisiana because so many of the victims were black. When Lee was asked by CNN anchorwoman Daryn Kagan whether he thought the government had purposefully allowed blacks to drown or to lose their homes, he replied, “It’s not too far-fetched … I don’t put anything past the United States government. I don’t find it too far-fetched that they tried to displace all the black people out of New Orleans.” The film featuredinterviews with Harry Belafonte and Sean Penn.
According to Lee, “racism is woven into the very fabric of America.” He believes that the problem of contemporary racism is caused overwhelmingly by whites, and that blacks are incapable of being racists because they lack social, political, and economic power. “Racism,”he says, “is when you have laws set up, systematically put in the way to keep people from advancing, to stop the advancement of a people. Black people have never had the power to enforce racism, and so this is something that white America is going to have to work out themselves. If they decide they want to stop it, curtail it, or to do the right thing … then it will be done, but not until then.” …
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