Filmmaker/activist Spike Lee is often outspoken about race relations in this nation. As a white chick, I must say some of his comments have ruffled my feathers a bit in the past with the implication that I must be racist simply because of my skin color.
Sadly, in the last seven years with the nation’s first (half) black president in the (White) House, race relations seem to be the worst I’ve ever seen in my life — and I grew up during the Civil Rights era.
In the last year, we’ve experienced terrible violence in cities coast-to-coast as mobs of protestors react to the deaths of unarmed young black men at the hands of mostly white police. Between the media coverage and the efforts of #BlackLivesMatter, one would think it a terrible epidemic, and as Georgia Representative Hank Johnson said, “It feels like open season on black men in America, and I’m outraged.”
But as we’ve chronicled here on many occasions, the real epidemic is black-on-black violence – which the black community seems unable to confront.
And astonishingly, Spike Lee seems to agree.As Breitbart reports, “In an extended interview on Meet the Press, film director Spike Lee said he wanted his new film, Chi-Raq, to touch on “black-on-black violence” and make the point that “it’s not always policemen” killing black people. Spike Lee argued that black activist groups like Black Lives Matter need to do much more to address black-on-black crime.
“It wasn’t a cop that killed and that executed Tyshawn Lee, the 9-year-old boy who was lured into an alleyway in Chicago’s Southside,” Lee said.
That is correct. As we reported here, Tyshawn was executed ostensibly because of his father’s gang ties. His father denied any gang links and refused to help police. But in November, the Chicago Police Department arrested 27-year-old Corey Morgan of Lansing, IL and charged him with first degree murder.
“To me, I don’t care about the complexion or the color of the trigger finger. It does not matter to me. If you kill somebody, you kill somebody. It doesn’t matter who you are,” Spike Lee said.
Last month, Lee told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that black people “can’t ignore that we are killing ourselves, too.”
“We cannot be out there” protesting purported police violence “and then when it comes to young brothers killing themselves, then mums the word. No one’s saying nothing? It’s got to be both ends,” Lee said.
Amen, brother! Thank you for speaking the truth.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]