An intense clip from Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. I’m surprised that a vast majority of my students haven’t seen it (though that probably just shows my age). This might be a weird thing to ask, but could y’all—especially y’all still in school—like or comment if you think this should be on a syllabus? I want to find out whether or not it’s too dated. (But god help us, with the Eric Garner and Mike Brown cases—and so many others—it’s pretty fucking topical.)



Here is a side by side comparison of how The New York Times has profiled Michael Brown — an 18 year old black boy gunned down by police — and how they profiled Ted Bundy, one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. 

Source for Brown, Source for Bundy.


Michael Brown: we’ve got a few bits of evidence that suggest he wasn’t a wholly innocent human being (like you could find with most people). So, let’s not feel too bad about him getting gunned down in the street. 

Ted Bundy: Pillar of the community (unless you count that he confessed to 30 murders but let’s not mention that). It’s so easy to condemn and dehumanize him (because he murdered 30 people [and we think maybe even more than that] but let’s not mention that) but maybe we should reflect on his own words and think a bit about what condemning him means about ourselves. 

Michael Brown: body count 0 … let’s not rush to feeling too bad he got gunned down in the street and left there for hours by a person who we’re supposed to trust with upholding the law.

Ted Bundy: body count 30+ … Who are we to judge?

Michael Brown: Guilty of being born black.

Ted Bundy: He was a Boy Scout and B-plus student. Come on. He wasn’t all bad. 

This shit is infuriating.