Spike Lee has never been shy about sharing his opinion of how Black people are treated in America, and his latest comments prove this. While sitting with CNN host Anderson Cooper, the famed director suggests that there is a war on Black men across the nation.
Lee appeared on Cooper’s nightly program on Tuesday to discuss the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael “Mike” Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Visibly agitated, Lee didn’t spare his words nor his emotions in speaking on the developments of the case as the public knows it.
“I do not think you should be killed in this country because allegedly you steal some cigarillos. I don’t think you should be killed if there is marijuana in your system,” Lee said to Cooper. “The people, not only in Ferguson, but all over this country did not trust what is happening. Something smells bad in Ferguson. And it’s not just tear gas.”
“I just think there’s a war on the Black male and it’s tearing the country apart in my opinion,” added Lee after Cooper inquired if the actions in Ferguson are part of a larger issue. Lee mentioned other slain Black men such as Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Ezell Ford to back his statement.
Watch Spike Lee’s comments to Anderson Cooper below.
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