Spike Lee


Spike Lee

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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  • collinsdad

    To blame a system and then blame the white man as an entity is a pathetic attempt to avoid the one thing Mr. Lee and his ilk always avoid- “the mirror”. If a system is to blame then vote out the system- but if men of color prosper (as they do here as in NO other nation on earth) then the system he may need to look at is the one he utilizes to blame the system and that is race baiting political agitation and assumptions. His answer to the question above reveals little about the US and much about Lee and namely that is paranoia and scapegoating of an entire race (we call that racism- much as the Jews were Hitler's excuse). But for rich men like Lee who are self absorbed its easy to look outward and see the enemy and never venture inward where the demons reside. Of course I would utizlize conservative men and women of color to refute Lee but hey in his world they are “Tom's” of the worst ilk and so reasoned discourse with men and women like him is pointless.

  • http://noliberalspin.blogtownhall.com/ GunnyG

    I wonder how Lee feels about Obummer taking 4 months to reinforce US troops in Afghanistan? Talk about slow to respond…

    Maybe Lee should brush on what it takes to have Federal Aid brought into a state and the Posse Commitatus Act means.

    Liberals = idiots.