Amid erupting protests across the United States following the horrific and untimely police killing of George Floyd, Spike Lee has created and released a short film titled “3 Brothers” that places a spotlight on the plague of police brutality against Black people in the United States. The filmmaker posted the short on his social media platforms with the caption, “How Many Times Does History Have To Repeat Itself Before The Murder Of Black Bodies In Broad Daylight Ends?”
Lee’s film intersperses footage of the murders of both Floyd and Eric Garner with clips from his 1989 film Do the Right Thing. The short begins by asking “Will History Stop Repeating Itself?” then proceeds to cut between the scene of Radio Raheem’s on-screen death at the hands of police, and the captured footage of the murders of Floyd and Garner.
Lee released a similar short film following the death of Garner, in which he again drew comparisons between Radio Raheem’s murder and the cellphone footage of Garner. The inciting events in Do the Right Thing are incredibly relevant in light of the current Black Lives Matter movement. In the film, which examines racial tensions embedded within Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, Raheem’s death at the hands of an officer arouses a political response synonymous to the reactions to Floyd and Garner’s deaths.
Upon the short film’s release, Lee appeared on CNN to discuss the protests that resulted following Floyd’s murder. In the interview, Lee expressed confusion regarding those who showed a lack of understanding and sympathy to the ensuing outrage. “This is not new,” the director said. “We’ve seen this again and again and again. People are fed up and people are tired of the debasing, the killing of black bodies. That is what this country is built upon.”
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