17 Stories of Injustice to Watch After When They See Us

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Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing


Spike Lee has been a provocative filmmaker for his entire career, but Do the Right Thing is his definitive masterpiece. The film takes place in the lead up to and aftermath of a race riot on a hot summer day in Brooklyn. After a black man is killed by police, tensions rise to a boil.

Do the Right Thing is a careful examination of the resentments that can build up inside of a community, and how race feeds into those resentments. It’s also a careful reminder that those who perpetrate violence often don’t have to suffer its consequences, even if they deserve to.

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