The Right Thing And Oscar Zeta Acosta 's Revolt Of The Cockroach People

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Racism and Social Change Racism and social change are issues that obstruct change and affect us even in today’s society. Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing and Oscar Zeta Acosta’s novel Revolt of the Cockroach People both deal with racism and convey how racism obstructs change. There are four realms in which racism is manifested in today’s society: personal, interpersonal, institutional, and culture. For change to be genuine and long-lasting, it must encompass all of these realms. In Do the Right Thing it shows how racism can be brought out and turned into violence and the consequences it can cause. Do the Right Thing is a film that takes place in 1980’s Brooklyn, NY. On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. In the film one man by the name of “Buggin’ Out” notices that a photo gallery of famous Italian-Americans in Sal’s Famous Pizzeria, includes no people of color, he eventually demands a neighborhood boycott, on a day where tensions are already high which incurs tragic consequences. “You Goya bean-eating, fifteen in a car, thirty in an apartment, pointed shoes, red-wearing, Menudo, mire-mire Puerto Rican cocksucker. Yeah, you!” (Lee, 1989). This text shows the kind of racism that takes place in the novel. This is an example of personal racism because this man feels as if the owner of the pizzeria is racist for not having any people of color…

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