Radio Raheem falls victim to police brutality in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” movie

Radio Raheem (played by the late Bill Nunn) is a fictional character in Spike Lee’s 1989 film, entitled, “Do the Right Thing”. The police choked Raheem to death after arriving on the scene to break up a fight between him and Sal (the pizzeria store owner).

Radio Raheem

“Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cain iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love, is finished. But hold on, stop the presses, the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that’s right. Ooh, it’s a devastating right and Hate is hurt. He’s down. Left-Hand Hate KO’d by Love.” – Radio Raheem

Radio Raheem wore two four-finger name rings. On his right hand, he wore the “Love” ring, and on his left hand, he wore the “Hate” ring. Love and Hate symbolize two opposing external forces in the real world where Love struggles against Hate (racism, etc.). Also, Raheem tells a timely tale that reveals how Love ultimately defeats Hate.

30 years later in real life, George Floyd (a 46-year-old Black man) was killed in a similar manner by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

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