Spike Lee Shares Connection Between 'Do the Right Thing' and George Floyd Death in New Video

"When will history stop repeating itself?"
Spike Lee Shares Connection Between 'Do the Right Thing' and George Floyd Death in New Video
Filmmaker Spike Lee has shared the horrifying connection between the deaths of George Floyd, Eric Garner and his 1989 film Do the Right Thing.

During an appearance on CNN yesterday (May 31), Lee shared a new video that shows the similarities between the deaths of Floyd, Garner and Radio Raheem from his film. All three black men (fictional or otherwise) died following interactions with police — specifically after being restrained at the throat until they could no longer breathe.

"Will history stop repeating itself?" Lee asks in the title of the video.

The director spoke at length with anchor Don Lemon in response to anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests across the world — a movement Lee says he understands all too well.

"The attack on black bodies has been here from the get-go," the director said of the long-standing race issues in his country. "How can people not understand why people are acting the way they are?"

Lee's new video below comes with a heavy trigger warning for police violence and racism. Scroll down to watch his appearance on CNN with Lemon.