Do The Right Thing

Topics: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., English-language films Pages: 1 (302 words) Published: December 6, 2014
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I learned about Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech and Malcolm X's 'The Ballot or The Bullet' speech in one of our previous classes. Interestingly, I found a reflection of both their speeches in this movie. To me, one of the most shocking scenes was when the white cop choked Radio Raheem to death. Although Radio, a gigantic black man, was refusing to submit to handcuffs, I believe that the white cop had no right to cross his boundaries and choke him to death. In my opinion, he did not do the right thing by taking a life in order to stop the fight.

This scene took me back to the scene in which Radio Raheem schools Mookie on the never-ending struggle between love and hate. In Radio's explanation, no matter what, love always wins the battle. But In Mookie’s reality, hate wins over love, as he yells, 'Hate!' when he throws the trash can. I believe Mookie threw the trash can and encouraged the angry black neighbors to attack Sal's property in order to divert them from the act of taking Sal, another white man's 's life in revenge of Radio's unfortunate murder by a white cop. At the end of the movie, Mookie even told Sal that it doesn't matter that Sal's place burned down since his insurance will make up for it. The loss of a human being was worse than that of a restaurant. I believe that Mookie did in the movie what was right for him to do.

Recommendation: please watch from the 80th minute if you don't get enough time to watch the whole movie.

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