5 Quotes You Need to Hear From Spike Lee

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“People of color have a constant frustration of not being represented, or being misrepresented, and these images go around the world.”

“It comes down to this: Black people were stripped of our identities when we were brought here, and it’s been a quest since then to define who we are.”

“Black people can’t be racist. Racism is an institution. Black people don’t have the power to keep hundreds of people from getting jobs or the vote. Black people didn’t bring nobody over in boats. They had to add sh*t to the Constitution so we could get the vote. [...] So how can Black people be racist when that’s the standard?”

“A spine to my films that’s become more evident to me is that many are about the choices people make, and the reverberations of those choices. You go this way, or that way, and either way, there’s going to be consequences.”

“I don’t think racism can be eliminated in my lifetime… or my children’s or grandchildren’s. But I think it’s something we have to strive for. I’m going to keep working toward that day coming."

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