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.
3 Brothers-Radio Raheem, Eric Garner And George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/EB0cXQELzE— Spike Lee (@SpikeLeeJoint) June 1, 2020
"The attack on black bodies has been here from the get-go," says filmmaker Spike Lee, responding to protests over George Floyd's death. "...I am not condoning all this other stuff but I understand why people are doing what they are doing." https://t.co/K5Gzn1gRT0 pic.twitter.com/sxnZJ9xRpi— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) June 1, 2020