the need for coexistence

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Sean Sharkey Writing 140 3/4/12 Josh Bernstein The Need for Coexistence Spike Lee’s 1989 film, Do the Right Thing, centers around a community in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn undergoing gentrification and the racial tensions that accompany that process. The film highlights the dichotomy between MLK Jr.’s call for empathy between races and Malcolm X’s message of retaliation in the face of injustice. As the city’s heat wave ensues, and tensions rise, disagreements erupt in to full-fledged chaos, culminating in the brutal police murder of Radio Rahim. Spike Lee sees the complexity of conquering inequality and attaining social justice in an ever-diversifying country. Do the Right Thing does not neatly disclose the “right thing”, but rather demands discretion from all people in the face of injustice. Let love and hate amalgamate, live in conjunction with the people around you, and learn to balance violence with non-violence. The road to liberation and equality is a dynamic one. The movie highlights this complexity and the need for coexisting and synthesized philosophies in striving for social justice. The social structure of the community sheds light on the existence of inequalities amongst the population. Looking at socioeconomic status, there is Officer Long and his white police force, Sal, his sons and their pizzeria, the Asian shop owner, and Mookie, the African-American delivery boy. The white
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