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In the film Do The Right Thing – (1998), writer, producer, actor, and director Spike Lee brazenly makes a statement on the racial tensions in America. Do The Right Thing explores the gap between the daily life of members of the African-American community and those opposed. The vast characters in the film are heavy stereotypical caricatures associated with their ethnic background. Lee’s choice to design the characters this way represents the social, personal, economical, and controversial issues pertaining to the residents of the community. One of the  direct focuses of the film is the built up resentment and emotion of a community to confront obvious racism through unified power.
Do The Right Thing is set in a primarily black neighborhood-there is only one Korean American and Italian American family. Lee shows the stereotypical qualities of his characters through their language and aesthetic, for example, Sal and his sons Pino and Vito are Italian American who wear gold chains around their necks and hang a picture of the Pope in their pizzeria. Furthermore, Radio Raheem wears a large golden African medallion necklace whilst carrying a boom-box playing hip-hop music. Lee also writes in a Korean American family who struggle speaking English and Spanish-speaking Puerto Ricans who listen to salsa and drink beer. Lee imposes the possibility of a power struggle between the collection of ethnicities through dialogue by having characters uncandidly insult each other through ethnic slurs. Lee shows this when Buggin’ Out, a black activist, tells Mookie, a black man who works for a white family, to “Stay Black.” 
The film conflict is centered in on Sal’s Famous Pizzeria and the section of the shop called the ‘Wall of Fame”. Despite the various pictures of influential peoples placed there, there are no African American peoples included. This first angers Buggin’ Out which leads to other African-Americans becoming angered. Through this conflict, Lee consciously presents Sal as a  racist, although Sal thinks highly of himself and of his shop considering it is the center of the neighborhood and feels pleasure for owning a food place in an area where it is hard to find a business owned by African-Americans. Sal also believes that he has treated everyone with kindness as if they are his own children, but when conflict arises, he resorts to scream out racial indifferences, even dropping an n-bomb. Only Sal and the Korean family take most of the profit from the community. Buggin’ Out then chooses to start boycotting Sal’s pizzeria and begins to scout for supporters. This action by Buggin’ Out alone shows the power of one persons built up resentment and anger.

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