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Sitting puffing and watching In their apartment the hoodlums are perched above the unrelenting violent the streets of Harlem Bishop watches out the window noting that all we do is fking run They run from the cops they run from security guards they run from everyone Frustrated Bishop admits that while running they left their friend to die Q responds If you want respect you gotta earn it leaving us with a glimpse of the mentality in this neighborhood Through repeated tales of crime drugs and chaos many black neighborhoods like Ernest R Dickerson represents in Juice came to reflect or embody the word ghetto in the late 80s early 90s However in Do the Right Thing Spike Lee portrays black identity far differently than typical films books and other texts from that era In this film Lee attempts to reframe the black community exposing us to a troubled yet vibrant and complex community He addresses lower- and working-class black people many of whom suffer in an oppressive social system and not due to lack of concern of common good in a community As Spike works towards a reformation other film directors during the time tend to fall back on violence and crime as the only markers of black urban existence Lee lends his voice to a rewriting of black urban identity Hanson Falling back on crime the rioting stereotype of identifying the ghetto can closely relate to the Dickerson film Juice In the film the four inner-city friends are in search of power as they refer to as respect or juice Because of thrive for power in these kids there is a common connection to riots violence and crime in order to gain respect as they say You do not buy respect you earn it This is the mentality of those identified as ghetto at the time that you cannot buy respect you need to do something significant to earn it As mentioned
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