"One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love, is finished. But hold on, stop the presses, the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that's right. Ooh, it's a devastating right and Hate is hurt, he's down. Left-Hand Hate KO'ed by Love."
- Radio Raheem
This Week's Essays
Scenessential: Love and Hate
The speech is designed to shape our understanding of Radio Raheem through the rest of the film, the importance of which frames the climactic scene of his death and the immediate aftermath. Mookie’s interactions with the rest of the neighborhood have little impact on the plot up until that point, and his actions can be traced directly to the speech that Raheem gave him about Love and Hate.
A One Dimensional Portrayal of Women
There should be a word for fighting one kind of prejudice while simultaneously engaging in another kind of prejudice, and being totally blind to that fact. If there was such a word, in the dictionary next to the definition would be a picture of the opening credits of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing.
Radio Raheem, Trayvon Martin & Black Lives Matter
Before there was Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, and Philando Castile, there were other names ringing out across the country: Eleanor Bumpurs, Michael Griffith, Arthur MIller, Edmund Perry, Yvonne Smallwood, and Michael Stewart. Is it any wonder then that Do the Right Thing, the cinematic representation of New York’s fiery racial tensions, was born out of these years?
With Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee packed color and fury into a solid two-hour punch that knocked me off my feet and left my eyes open wide. Lee exposes a slice of American life in a way that is rife with humor, though that softens none of the ugly realities it exposes.