The rather than love. It destroys community and

The inclusion of the quotes in the film, show how two historical figures were part of the Civil Rights Movement, and they too wanted change. As the film comes to an inevitable end, the quotes are as stated. The first being King, “Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.” The second quote is said by Malcolm X, “I think there are plenty of good people in America, but there are also plenty of bad people in America and the bad ones are the ones who seem to have all the power and be in these positions to block things that you and I need. Because this is the situation, you and I have to preserve the right to do what is necessary to bring an end to that situation, and it doesn’t mean that I advocate violence, but at the same time I am not against using violence in self-defense. I don’t even call it violence when it’s self-defense, I call it intelligence.” Both of these quotes can be a direct reference to the fight that broke out in the pizzeria. As tensions grew higher between the characters, the direction in which the film was heading was towards violence. However, violence did unfortunately lead to the death of one of the symbolic characters, Radio Raheem. He ultimately died in the hands of the police force. Earlier in the film, Radio Raheem tells the story of Right Hand/ Left Hand. He implies that the left hand is for hate and the right hand is for love. While violence was used, Lee sends a strong message to the audience and general public. With the death of Radio Raheem, one could infer that Lee personally does not agree with violence and would most likely agree with King’s approach. However it is interesting that Director Lee decides to incorporate the quote from, to an extent, two “opposing” men. This was most likely done to show the contrast between the two and the importance of speaking up on key issues, but more importantly how it will be discussed.