The Oratory of Malcolm X
Against The Current vol. 120

McTaggart, Ursula
http://www.solidarity-us.org//node/138

Publisher:  Against The Current
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13215

Spike Lee closes his 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” with two quotes: In one, Malcolm X proclaims the right to self defense and in the other, Martin Luther King, Jr. insists upon non-violent protest. Each quote has the potential to produce a drastically different reading of the film, which ends in a police murder of an African-American youth and a subsequent street riot. Lee, however, chooses to maintain a tension between the two interpretations of the riot, asking his audience to juggle both or to choose for themselves.

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