Director Spike Lee had strong words of condemnation for President Donald Trump this week at the Cannes International Film Festival, where he was promoting his latest movie BlacKkKlansman, which uses footage from the Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and the murder of Heather Heyer.
As you may recall, the “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville was a white supremacist and Nazi march that quickly descended into chaos when the marchers began attacking peaceful counter-protesters, one of whom was Heyer.
Heyer was murdered by a Nazi who crashed a car into protesters.
The violence and murder perpetrated by the Nazis and white supremacists drew national headlines, especially after Trump refused to condemn them and their hate, choosing instead to call them “very fine people” and blame “both sides.”
Spike Lee uses the actual footage of Heyer’s murder and the rally in his film, which tells the true story of Colorado Detective Ron Stallworth, an African-American who infiltrated a KKK chapter and took control of it.
During a press conference to promote the film, Spike Lee repeatedly hammered Trump for refusing to condemn racism and hate.
“We have a guy in the White House, I’m not even going to say his fucking name. Whose defining moment—it was not just for Americans, but for the world—and that motherfucker was given a chance to say, ‘We are about love, and not hate.’ And that motherfucker did not denounce the fucking Klan, the ‘alt-right,’ and those Nazi motherfuckers. It was a defining moment, and he could have said to the world, ‘Not the United States.’ That we were better than that.”
Lee also told the dark truth about how America came to be.
“The so-called motherfuckin’ cradle of democracy, that’s bullshit,” he said. “The United States of America was built upon the genocide of native people and slavery. That is the fabric of the United States of America.”
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Racists and conservatives are going to be pissed off. After all, the truth hurts. But, it is the truth nonetheless. Trump refused to condemn Nazis and white supremacists, and he has been pandering to them since the 2016 campaign. It used to be that Americans despised Nazis. Hell, the only good Nazi was a dead Nazi. Just ask any veteran who served in World War II. But now Nazis and white supremacists have a champion in the White House to carry their racist agenda. And it will stain our nation for years to come.
BlacKkKlansman will hit theaters in the United States on August 10th, the one-year anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville.
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