Spick Lee’s latest film, BlacKkKlansman tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs police force in the 1970s. It chronicles how Stallworth, played by John David Washington, manages to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.
Lee noted that the rise of racism in America is probably the direct reaction to eight years of President Barack Obama. He said on CNN, “It’s two step forward, one step back … The reason why I feel that race is still a big discussion in this country (is) because we’ve never really honestly dealt with slavery.
“Once we start having an honest discussion on slavery, then we can move forward,” he said. “We’ve never really had an honest discussion about the foundation of this country. I know people might not like this, but this is the truth.
“The United States of America, the foundation of the country, is built upon genocide of native people and slavery. That’s a fact,” Lee said. “The founding fathers owned slaves. Unless we deal with those truths, it’s not going to matter. This country was upon the genocide of native people and slavery. That’s the backbone.”
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He said “I’m starting my fourth decade of films, and my work, after I’m long and gone, will be seen forever”. “I’m very proud of my work. I work very hard, you know, working my craft, honing my craft, and I think that my film, some of my films, could be used as time capsules to see what was happening.
“What was happening in 1989? What was happening? Oh, let’s watch ‘Do the Right Thing.’ In 1992, oh, what was happening? Oh, let’s watch ‘Malcolm X.’ 2018 … when I’m not even here, they’re still going to be looking at ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and will use this film to show what was happening in America.”
Lee’s other race related movies include “Do the Right Thing,” “Malcolm X,” “Jungle Fever,” and “Bamboozled.”