a followup question for Spike Lee

After watching Spike Lee’s 2012 Sundance “rant” (I’m willing to give him a break because he didn’t start dropping gratuitous F-bombs until Chris Rock primed the pump with his question), and reading his entire June 12 GQ interview, I’d like to address the portion of the GQ interview that raised so much attention this week:

GQ: The election is coming up. You’ve been a big supporter of Barack. Why do you think so many people are so critical of him?
Spike Lee: I can’t say to all the people that are unhappy with him that they’re racist people. People ain’t got jobs, people are hurting. So I don’t care what color you are, if people are out of work, it’s tough. And then when you’re the first African American president, that’s not helping either.

a followup question for Spike Lee

Spike, you “can’t say […] all the people that are unhappy with [Obama] […] [are] racist people.”  And you go on to say “when you’re the first African American president, that’s not helping.”  I don’t understand what you meant by that second part, but I’m more focused on the first part.  If you can’t say all the people who oppose Obama are racist, can you name one who’s racist?  You made the charge, so you should bear the burden of evidence.  I don’t support Obama at all, and yet I have not one racist bone in my body.  Why the need for floating an unsupported charge of racism?  Doesn’t that cheapen instances of true racism in the past?

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