This question concerns your interpretation of “Do the Right Thing.” For starters, Spike Lee
never tells his audience what “the right thing” is. What is “the right thing?”
Why? Based on
your sense from the film, which psychological explanation of prejudice (i.e., sociocultural,
personality, or cognitive) does Spike Lee seem to favor?
Trace a few of the significant
events that occur throughout the film and explain h
ow they illustrate the particular theory you
choose. Using any of the theories, discuss the ultimate conflict at the end
In general, does
Spike Lee seem optimistic or pessimistic about the future of race relations? Could this film be of
use in the batt
le against racial prejudice? Explain.
Finally, using your knowledge (and insight) from the course, analyze
Was Buggin’ Out justified in his demand that Sal place pictures of African
Americans on his
Why was “the Mayor” treated poorly by the neighborhood residents?
Of what importance were the three black males sitting on the sidewalk? Pay particular
attention to their discussion of the Korean market across the street.
Can one characterize each of the following as racist: Sal, Sal’s sons, Buggin’ Out, Radio
What purpose was served by Mookie’s throwing a trash can through the storefront of the
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