Friday, October 14, 2005

Spike Lee's Conspiracy - When the Levees Broke

Maybe Spike heard from the Mothership too...

He's doing a "documentary" for HBO. He says that "after the Tuskegee experiment" he finds it completely plausible that the levees were breeched to kill poor, Black people. He then goes on to say that he's doing a documentary so he has "no agenda". Um, ok...

"I wouldn't put anything past the U.S. government when it comes to people of color," Lee said in an interview with Reuters. "There is too much history ... going back to when the U.S. army gave smallpox-infested blankets to Native Americans."

"Lee compared the New Orleans situation with the 1974 film "Chinatown," which starts as a simple detective story set in 1933 Los Angeles but evolves into an intricate tale of high-level corruption and greed."

"People could not believe, especially the residents of the Ninth Ward, that there wasn't hanky-panky in the flooding," Lee said of the impoverished New Orleans neighborhood that was hit especially hard by the flood.

"And what I thought about automatically was 'Chinatown,' the great film by Roman Polanski. The whole subplot of the whole thing is about water in Southern California and how it was not delivered to the people who needed it."(source)

I don't mind Spike, and in fact "25th Hour" is one of my favorite movies (he also produced some Navy recruiting ads back in '99), but somehow I am not surprised that he is jumping on Farrakhan’s race-card band wagon (even though he should hate Farrakhan if he loved Malcolm so much...)

Interesting aside...
Spike's wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, was Laura Ingraham's classmate in law school.

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