Spike Lee On Race Relations: Rabble Rouser, Not a Problem Solver

Written by Allan Erickson on May 17, 2018

[Editor: In a profane blast against America while promoting his new film BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee charged, “The so-called American cradle of democracy, that’s bulls—.] … The United States of America was built on the genocide of native people and slavery. That is the fabric of the United States of America. … As my Brooklyn brother Jay-Z would say, facts.”]

If this man possessed clear and balanced thinking he would heed Professor Gates and acknowledge far more slaves went to South America.

He would also acknowledge that every society has engaged slavery, but only Britain and America intentionally ended it.

Furthermore, he would admit the largest slavers in history were and are Muslims.

He would also recognize that blacks in Africa held slaves, and sold other blacks to European colonial powers.

But all this would require a sense of history, an objective view of history, and a fair analysis of present realities leading to understanding so as to engage useful problem-solving. None of these good things are of interest to a rabble-rouser.

Image: Excerpted from: Hans Reitzema, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3624753

Allan Erickson
Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter, and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012.