Punishment and expulsion, by Francesc Perón
Filmmaker Spike Lee’s genius was more than proven before he landed in Cannes as director of the film competition jury. He counterattacked and in the warm-up already revealed the winning shots, Titanium , a film by Julia Docorno, described as controversial. So it is. Lee, a sports lover, a fan of the New York Knicks even in defeat and a good connoisseur of Barcelona dribbled by Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and company, loves to take risks. You just have to see what might be his best work, do the right thing ( Do what you have to do ), to understand a lot of things happening today, even though it was released in 1989.
This African American, who made the screen a resource for the civil rights struggle for blacks, broke a common cliché that racism is nothing but a white issue. In his movie, which is set in Brooklyn, various characters throw racist insults: Muki (Li himself) against the Italians; beno (John Turturro) against African Americans; Latin Stevie (Luis Antonio Ramos) against the Koreans; Caucasian policeman Gary Long (Rick Aiello) vs. Puerto Ricans; or Sony (Steve Park), Asian and shopkeeper, against the Jews.
He argues to me that racism is a tótum revolutum . The insults to Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, the three talented English players who missed penalties in the European Cup final against Italy, can be said to enter the usual chapter for everyone against the blacks.
But the United States, who knows more about this than anyone else, discovered the importance of Lee’s theory. Last week there was an exhibition game between the stars of the two baseball teams. All the lights were on Japanese Shuhei Ohtani. They compared him to Babe Ruth, he was probably the best player ever. Otani was selected as the first pitcher ( jar ) on the MLS team and first hitter, an unusual circumstance that burns in memory.
Renowned ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith, an African American, was punished and expelled, understanding that he had to step back in public. In an age when baseball is in decline, and players like Ohtani are in a state of assisted breathing, Smith postulated, “I don’t think it helps the first man who needs an interpreter.”
No one is free from guilt because of the color of his skin. as you say Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) en do the right thing, “The story of life is like this, one hand always fighting the other.”
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