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Spike Lee has released a minute-and-a-half video on his social media that combines one of the most famous scenes from his film Do the Right Thing with footage of the police killings of George Floyd and Eric Garner.
The video, posted on Sunday night, is titled, 3 Brothers. It asks “Will history stop repeating itself?” It goes into the 2014 cellphone footage of Garner being arrested by two New York Police Department officers, one who puts Garner in a chokehold. Then jumps to the riot scene from 1991’s Do the Right Thing where a police officer puts Radio Raheem (played by Bill Nunn) in a chokehold and then incorporates the recent footage of a Minneapolis police officer holding his knee on Floyd’s neck not letting him breathe.
Lee told CNN, “The attack on black bodies has been here from the get-go,” says filmmaker Spike Lee, responding to protests over George Floyd’s death. “…I am not condoning all this other stuff but I understand why people are doing what they are doing.”