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The theme of Do The Right Thing is that everyone has a valid viewpoint but not many are willing to compromise The key to the issue is black and white and yet doesnt fall into that racial trap Although the film explores racial issues the true point is that no issue is black and white there are no easy answers Racism is not simply and it cant be solved through simply means Martin Luther King and Malcolm X have been codified historically as symbols of love Vs hate and nonviolence vs violence when in fact the truth is much more complicated than that People feel a need to make things simple but civil rights issues are not black and white it is not a math problem and there is no pat answer It is of great significance that although the quotes at the end of the film take different opinions the dominant image of these two men in the movie is of the famous photo of them smiling and shaking hands despite their differences That was Spike Lees point and it was not given proper respect Repeatedly throughout the film Spike Lee is practically screaming that the choice is not between black and white It is quite simply one of love versus hate Many times Spike Lee was asked Why did Mookie throw the garbage can through Sals window Spike spoke of his anger not of the eloquence of his film He said that 1 Ive been asked that question hundreds of times but never by a black person And 2 How come none of these people care that a black man died Sal has insurance Radio Raheem is dead This theme is echoed in the film by the mayors concern not for police brutality but for the damage that was done to public property Lee has a good point when he rails against politicians who are more concerned with property than human
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