Yesterday, Filmmaker SPIKE LEE has just dropped his newest film BLACKkKLANSMAN, appeared on CBS morning show CBS This Morning, and,; is the cover story for the new issue of TIME Magazine!!!
Here are a few interview interludes:
On while a student, seeing film GONE WITH The WIND:
“There was no discussion afterward for historical context, no discussion about Hattie McDaniel and Butterfly McQueen in those stereotypical roles. It was, ‘Wasn’t it great?,’ and that was it.”
On while a student at NYU FILM SCHOOL, seeing D.W. GRIFFITH film The BIRTH Of A NATION:
“They lectured about D.W. Griffith and his film. But the social and political implications of the film were never discussed.”
During that period, the KKK was largely inactive.
"The film brought about the rebirth of the Klan. And therefore, it was directly responsible for black people being murdered and lynched. Never discussed.”
On Black Athletes being Activists and P|resident Donald Trump:
“There’s this thinking that athletes should just run up and down the field, run around the bases, run down the court, play ball and shut the f-ck up. But there’s a history of that not being the case. And the powers that be don’t like that.
This feeling is exacerbated by a President who has moved from coded dog-whistling to what goes well beyond that, including consistent public attacks on prominent black Americans. Trump’s recent tweets about LeBron James’ intelligence are a prime example.
“He has a thing for black athletes. He does not like them brothers making that money.” But it runs even deeper than that. “This stuff is all planned> The sneaky thing is, he tried to start some sh-t between Michael [Jordan] and LeBron. That’s the old divide and conquer.
On August 12, 2018, while vacationing at his home at MARTHA'S VINEYARD, watching the news footage from the CHARLOTTESVILLE RIOTS, learning of HEATHER HEYER being killed, and, then speaking with President BARACK OBAMA:
“I said, Mr. President, did you hear what happened in Charlottesville? He hadn’t.” So Lee told him. “I could see on his face—that shock. It was Aug. 12, year of our Lord, 2017
When Lee first saw the footage, he says he knew he had found the ending to his movie.
“I saw this horrific act of homegrown, red, white and blue, cherry-pie terrorism
BLACKkKLANSMAN tis based on the book BLACK KLANSMAN by former COLORADO SPRINGS POLICE Detective RON STALLWORTH who documents his true story of during the 1970s, being able to infiltrate the COLORADO SPRINGS KU KLUX KLAN
Yesterday, SPIKE and the real RON STALLWORTH appeared on CBS This Morning
GOOD FRIDAY MORNING!!! @OfficialSpikeLee covers this week's issue of @TIME as his new film #BLACKkKLANSMAN opens today. #BLACKkKLANSMANMovie tells the true story of #ColoradoSpringsCO police detective #RonStallworth who infiltrated the #ColoradoSprings #KuKluxKlan and was even appointed to high-ranking #KKK office by #KKKGrandWizard #DavidDuke. This morning, #SpikeLee and Ron Stallworth appeared together on @CBSThisMorning to discuss the film. Spike chose for his film to open today as the nation commemorates the 1-year anniversary of the #CharlottesvilleRiots which resulted in the MURDER of #HeatherHeyer and beating of #DeAndreHarris at #EmancipationPark in #CharlottesvilleVA. #TIME #CBSThisMorning #CrazyCoolGroovy #CCG #CCGalatoire #LaissezLesBonsTempsRouler #ImSoNEWORLEANS