The only time it was really caught was Rodney King […] everybody is an investigative reporter now… with a phone.
Spike Lee interviewed by Fusion’s Jorge Ramos.
On ‘Blackness’ and the role of the media
“Nowadays, amongst a lot of our misguided young black minds, they think that if you are trying to get your education, if you speak correctly, you are trying to act white. You are a “sell-out”, an “Oreo”. Media -in general- have done a lot to push that.”
On role of social media and mobile devices
“The only time it was really caught was Rodney King […] everybody is an investigative reporter now… with a phone. People opposed -just like Ramsey did- and they are letting the world see what is happening.”
On Post-racial America
“People who get in trouble are the people who forget they’re black. You can’t think: “I’m successful that I just reached another realm and I’m in a so-called post-racial America […]. That bull-shit! Because now we have an Afro-American president that race no longer matters. There are times -even today- that it is hard for me to catch a cab sometimes. In New York City.
Ramos: “So do you feel discriminated constantly?”
Lee: ” You are made aware of it. I’m not complaining. It’s just something you grow up with.”
“I can’t predict the future, but there are a lot of people who believe that when our president put his hand on Abraham Lincoln’s bible and did the oath that ‘hocus-pocus-abracadabra-poof’ we are in a post-racial world”