psychology

Analytical Paper on Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing Director and actor Spike Lee presents his “truth” about race relations in his movie Do the Right Thing. The film exhibits the spectacle of black discrimination and racial altercations. Through serious, angry, and loud sounds, Lee stays true to the ethnicity of his characters, all of which reflect their own individualism. Lee uses insulting diction and intense scenes to show how severe racism can lead to violence. The biases reflected through Do the Right Thing model those of today which has kept society in a constant feud for so long. In Oprah Winfrey’s dynamic episode, “The Color of Fear”, Mr. Mun Wah projects his strong opinion when he states, ” . . . that racism is still going on today, that we’ve got to stop to hear the anguish and the pain that goes with that and then we’ll survive.” (3) People do not realize the severity of their own words. In the scenes of the movie that emphasize the shocking reality of failed interracial communication, racial stereotyping, trust or lack of trust, and acrimonious violence mirror the current concerns about race in America as reflected in “The Color Of Fear.” The disturbing scene where different nationalities badger their opinions on each other shows poor communication and horrible stereotyping. Pino’s Italian slang, Mookies black talk, and Korean obscenities are all mixed together to show how communication grows impossible among different ethnic groups. Spike Lee is trying to show how nonsense language results in a snowball effect which worsens any situation. Lorene Cary states her view on this situation when she comments, “We need more of them, not less; more words . . . What I do want is language: fighting words, love poems, elegance, dissonance, dissing, signifying, alarms, whistles, scholarly texts, political oratory, the works. Without it, we’re dead.”(“As plain as Black and White”) Maybe these “fighting words” unlock the truth a…

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