Racism In Do The Right Thing

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The Inescapable Cycle Racism and poverty are two issues that the world faces on a daily basis. Too often the two problems play off of one another and create even bigger issues. The continuous cycle of racial tension and financial struggle creates a seemingly endless conflict. Poverty can go way beyond third world countries and racism is seen between different races all over the world. The broader meaning of these two familiar concepts applies to many areas and people in our world today. In Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989), the viewer is able to see racism between numerous groups in the impoverished urban setting of Brooklyn. The film works to open the eyes of the viewers to the severity of racial tensions in an urban neighborhood…show more content…
This idea of the role of power within the film also applies to Sal’s son, Pino. Throughout the movie Pino acts as though he is above everyone else because he is the pizzeria owner’s son and therefore deserves more power. In one conversation with Mookie about the word nigger Pino explains how he feels as though black celebrities, such as Eddie Murphy and Prince, do not classify as niggers. “They’re not really black, they’re more than black. It’s different.” This attitude that Pino has shows the role of class and how blacks of a lower class are considered of less importance than famous blacks. Tensions between characters, such as the one between Pino and Mookie or Sal and Radio Raheem, can be directly related to the excessive heat that is taking place during the…show more content…
While watching the movie you can feel the unbearable heat that is overtaking this summer day and you can see the conflict and tension on a personal level. Racism and poverty working together create an eye-opening story that presents real life situations. Lee leaves the question of whether or not Mookie “did the right thing” unanswered and up to the viewer to decide. The ambiguous ending has allowed Do the Right Thing to speak to many generations of people and apply to every decade. Racism is still very much a part of our lives and can be looked at as a major contributor to poverty. If the world cannot look passed racial and cultural differences within their own impoverished communities, then the downward spiral will continue for generations to come. Until a worldwide solution to this problem presents itself, it is up to each and every person to work in unity and do the right
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