Spike Lee (pictured) has never been one to mince words, so when Fusion host Jorge Ramos asked him to during a recent interview to discuss the current state of race in America, he let loose on a range of issues, including police violence against Blacks and what he tells his children about racism.
When asked about events in Ferguson, Mo., when unarmed Michael Brown,18, was shot and killed by White officer Darren Wilson, he said, “There’s a big division for the police departments, I think, in this country, versus people of color,” Lee said.
When asked what he tells his children about race in America, Lee said, “I don’t care who you are. If you are African American in this country, you know what the deal is.”
Ramos: What’s the deal?
Lee: The deal is that you’re Black.
Ramos: That means for you what?
Lee: It just means you’re Black. The people who get in trouble are those who forget they are Black. You can’t just think I’m so successful that I’ve reached another realm. And I’m in a so-called post…What’s the term again?
Audience: Post-racial America.
Lee: Yeah, that [bullsh*t] where because now that we have a Black, African-American president that race no longer matters. There are times, even for me today, when it’s hard to catch a cab sometimes in New York City.
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