Spike Lee, a movie director, has apparently found the reason for all the violence in America.
“This country was founded on violence,” Lee told TheWrap. “Africans were brought here, to this land, and then the genocide of Native Americans, that’s the foundation upon which this country was built. It’s simple, not taught in schools. We’re taught some other stuff, and particularly, how we’re taught is through the media. And as African Americans, we were taught how barbaric Africa was, with the Tarzan movies and whatnot, and the savages of the Native Americans in the many, many John Ford, John Wayne films.”
Lee also thinks it’s only getting worse.
“And the NRA is responsible for it,” he said. “These video games are not helping either.”
Ironically, Lee’s most celebrated film, the 1989 drama Do the Right Thing, was not only racially charged, but also was littered with intense violence. His latest film, Oldboy (the 2013 remake of a South Korean film), contained a steady stream of violence to perpetuate the narrative.
Is Spike Lee on to something? Do you think he’s figured it out? Your turn to weigh in…
Photo credit: Scott Beale (Flickr)
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom