I write to Do the Right Thing like Spike do

from Common (Ft. Kanye West) – Southside Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Spike Lee’s classic Do the Right Thing

At the end of the film, Spike Lee’s character Mookie throws a trashcan through the window of Sal’s Famous Pizzeria, inciting a race riot that destroys the pizzeria, but (1) getting a kind of sideways revenge for the death of Radio Raheem at the hands of white police officers just a few moments before (2) diverting the anger of the crowd which seems poised to attack Sal and his sons.

Lee reports that white people constantly ask him whether Mookie “did the right thing”; black people, he adds, never ask that question.

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