Spike Lee Speaks About Police Brutality Since The Premiere of ‘Do The Right Thing’

During an appearance on The Tonight Show, director Spike Lee discussed his powerful new short film, 3 Brothers, which likens George Floyd and Eric Garner’s deaths to that of Radio Raheem, a character in his 1989 movie Do the Right Thing.

All three characters died at the hands of police officers.

“Radio Raheem is a fictional character from my 1989 film Do The Right Thing, but his murder is based on the real murder — so that’s where I got the idea,” he explained to Jimmy Fallon.

When asked if Spike would’ve expected things to have changed since the film, he replied, “When I saw Eric Garner, I’m like, ‘That’s Radio Raheem based on Michael Stewart.’ And then to see our brother [George] Floyd, and I know he saw what happened to Eric Garner, so he’s seeing that in his mind as his last eight and a half are being suffocated out of him.”

“Jimmy, my brother, people are there,” he added of the protests. “The young white generation, my sisters and brothers, they’re out there, it’s not just black and brown people. I’m very, very enthusiastic that people around the world were galvanized by the horrific murder of George Floyd.”

Watch the rest of the passionate interview below: