Spike Lee has released a powerful short film likening the deaths of George Floyd and Eric Garner to that of a character in his 1989 movie Do The Right Thing.
In the film, Radio Raheem dies at the hands of police officers just like George and Eric.
Over the weekend anti-racism protests in the US intensified as people took to the street over the death of George Floyd. The 46-year-old was killed while being apprehended by the police on 25 May.
In 2014 Eric Garner was killed in similar circumstances while police were restraining him shouting the words: “I can’t breathe.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, the Oscar-winning director released the one-and-a-half minute clip titled, 3 Brothers, during CNN’s special report I Can’t Breathe: Black Men Living and Dying In America.
The film asks the question: ‘Will history stop repeating itself?’ and is followed by footage of Eric and George and scenes of Radio being choked by police in the movie.
WATCH IT HERE: (WARNING: This video contains sensitive content)
3 Brothers-Radio Raheem, Eric Garner And George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/EB0cXQELzE
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLeeJoint) June 1, 2020
In an interview with CNN anchor Don Lemon, Spike spoke about the protests and the unrest saying: “This is history again, and again and again. The attack on black bodies has been here from the get-go.”
"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." https://t.co/K5Gzn1gRT0 pic.twitter.com/sxnZJ9xRpi
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) June 1, 2020