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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50241"><span class="small">Jasmyne Bell, The Hollywood Reporter</span></a>   
Monday, 25 February 2019 13:05

Bell writes: "Spike Lee had no intention of wasting his time on stage when he won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for BlacKkKlansman."

Spike Lee in his production offices in Brooklyn, New York. (photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis/Observer New Review)
Spike Lee in his production offices in Brooklyn, New York. (photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis/Observer New Review)


Spike Lee: "Let's All Mobilize, Let's All Be on the Right Side of History"

By Jasmyne Bell, The Hollywood Reporter

25 February 19

 

pike Lee had no intention of wasting his time on stage when he won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for BlacKkKlansman.

His acceptance speech called up the ancestry of African Americans, and carried out a message of morality for the American people.

This marked Lee's first competitive Oscar win.

The film is an adaptation of Ron Stallworth's 2014 memoir of the same name about infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. He shared the award with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott.

Read Lee's full acceptance speech below.

All right. I wanna thank Tonya [Lewis Lee, his wife].

The word today is irony. The date, the 24th. The month of February, which happens to be the shortest month of the year, which also happens to be Black History month. The year, 2019; the year, 1619. History, her story. 1619, 2019, 400 years. Four hundred years, our ancestors were stolen from Africa and brought to Jamestown, Virginia, to be enslaved. Our ancestors worked the land from morning to night.

My grandmother [unintelligible] lived to be 100 years young, who was a Spelman College graduate, even though her mother was a slave. My grandma, who saved 50 years of Social Security checks to put her first grandchild, she called me "Spikey poo," put me through Morehouse College and NYU Film. NYU!

Before the world tonight, I can praise our ancestors who helped build this country into what it was today along with the genocide of its native people. If we all connect with our ancestors, we will have love wisdom, and regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. The 2020 presidential election is around the corner! Let's all mobilize, let's all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let's do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there.

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+42 # DongiC 2019-02-25 14:15
Kudos, Spike, kudos !
 
 
0 # RagingGrannyVicki 2019-02-25 20:12
Does anyone know what comments were bleeped out at the beginning of Spike Lee's acceptance speech?
 
 
0 # EternalTruth 2019-02-26 10:02
He said something like “ Don’t start that motherfucking clock”
 
 
+3 # economagic 2019-02-25 20:15
Yes, and it IS about bleepin' time.
 
 
+3 # margpark 2019-02-25 20:36
Geeze. The country is still full of racism and what is the word - anti-woman. I look to the young at 81 to bring new light to this country.
 
 
+1 # chapdrum 2019-02-25 22:38
Both Lee's film and "Green Book" are well-done. The latter has a more traditional "happy ending," and that may've given it the edge.
 
 
+4 # tclose 2019-02-25 22:53
Thank you Spike Lee for speaking so plainly and eloquently on this so difficult topic. Trump's twitter response was pretty feeble in contrast.

Hopefully a lot of people will be inspired by you to do the right thing.
 
 
+2 # BKnowswhitt 2019-02-26 13:55
Having a more diverse voting group ie black americans of film critics .. making the decisions is given directly to this guys stuff going to win an Oscar. That is good for the country. Why? Because the rift is .. most are not patent racists anymore but there is a big disconnect culturally .. and that cultural exposure and hearing the belief systems of Black America is a necessary thing to heal and prevent it from happening again. And yes there is still racism in this country and the world .. and Evil. Spiritual War .. MLK was a Christian and he did it via understanding that is the source ..