Director Spike Lee argued Tuesday that there is a “war on the black male” that has manifested in Ferguson, Missouri.
Speaking on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” the “Oldboy” director suggested that black Americans were fooled if they thought the country’s racial problems would be solved with a black president.
“Many people thought that the moment President Obama put his hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and took the oath as president of the United States of America that racism would disappear, abracadabra, hocus-pocus, gone for the so-called post-racial era,” Mr. Lee argued.
“That is not the case, if you look what happened in Ferguson,” he continued. “When people get to a point, and they get to the tipping point, they can’t take it anymore. And I’m not saying that people should burn down stuff, riot and loot and I don’t want to the use the word riot. I’m going to use the word uprising.
“I just hope that things will really blow up, and that people aren’t happy with the verdict of this upcoming trial,” Mr. Lee added. “I think there is a war on the black male and it’s tearing the country apart, in my opinion.”
“You really believe that?” host Anderson Cooper asked incredulously.
“It’s not just killing us,” Mr. Lee responded. “It’s the educational system, it’s the prison system, it’s these young black men growing up with no hope. I think it’s systematic … The black underclass is growing every single day.”