Landmark Films That Confront Racism In The U.S.

Written by Mark Rausch

Do the Right Thing

This is film history. The 1989 Spike Lee movie, “Do the Right Thing” sparked controversy when it was released. Did Mookie do the right thing with the garbage can during that hot summer in Brooklyn? Radio Raheem, Sal’s Pizzeria, Rosie Perez, Ruby Dee, Spike Lee, Mike Brown, Ferguson Missouri, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn — all these actors and elements blend together to make us ask ourselves crucial questions about racism, then and now.