Critically acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee has again issued a rallying cry for societal change by claiming that Black people still being “hunted down like animals”.
Considered one of the greatest directors of his generation, through masterpieces such as Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X, Lee has explored issues of race relations and societal prejudices with relentless passion, using his stature to shine a light on major issues.
Now, as Lee becomes the first Black person to head up the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, he has again used his platform to spread the message, insisting that very little has changed in society since he released his now-iconic movie Do The Right Thing back in 1989.
“When you see brother Eric Garner, when you see king George Floyd, murdered, lynched…you would think, you would hope that thirty-some (expletive) years later Black people would stop being hunted down like animals,” Lee said during the news conference in Cannes.
Lee’s magnum opus, Do The Right Thing, transports the viewer to a Brooklyn neighbourhood during a hot summer, slowly uncovering the racial tensions and the deep-rooted problems in the community until disaster strikes amid bubbling racial aggression – one that still exists in modern America today.
Lee’s comments come off the back of what feels like a major turning point in American culture, as the Black Lives Matter movement responds arm in arm to the tragic killings of George Floyd, Eric Garner, Daunte Wright, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean and countless others who have been mindlessly murdered at the hands of police.