”This is still happening today. You don’t have to go back to 1979 for this stuff, it’s the world we live in,“ Lee said of the film’s subject matter
When Spike Lee was recruited by his friend and fellow director Jordan Peele to take charge on “BlacKkKlansman,” he knew that he wanted to focus on the parallels between the film’s setting in the 1970s and the contemporary realities of modern-day racism.
“This is still happening today. You don’t have to go back to 1979 for this stuff, it’s the world we live in,” Lee said at a Q&A following a screening of the film in New York City on Tuesday night. “Eric Garner still got choked to death by the NYPD… today was Trayvon Martin’s birthday. He would have been 24 years young today. We wanted to connect the past with the present.”