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Why Do You Think Mookie Threw A Trash Can Into Sal’s Pizzeria Window In 'Do The Right Thing?'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
February 26, 2013 4:09 PM
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This was a debate we had on the old site, almost 4 years ago, when only about 100 people were reading it. Ok, so there were more than that, but you get the point!

Some 4 years later, there are certainly A LOT more of you, and so I thought, why not bring it up again - especially since it generated so much discussion/debate the first time, clearly indicating that there wasn't a consensus among black people on an answer to that question, which some of us initially thought.

In short, it'll all started with the below video, in which Spike Lee speaks during a brief Q&A before the Atlanta Film Festival’s 20th anniversary screening of Do the Right Thing, at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, in 2009.

In the video, Lee mentions that, in 20 years, the only people who had ever asked him why Mookie threw the trash can through the window of Sal’s Pizzeria at the end of the film, have been white people; and that no black person, apparently, had ever asked him that question.

In response to that video, at that time, I wondered whether a reason for why no black person had ever asked him that question, was that there probably are black people who would like to ask him that question, but they could be afraid to, because he’s already indirectly told us all that we should know why, and shouldn’t have to ask, because we're black!

And Wendy posted a follow-up survey asking just that: Why do you think Mookie threw the trash can through Sal’s pizza parlor window in Do The Right Thing? The point was to find out if all our readers knew why Mookie did what he did, or at least had their own interpretation of what happened, and why, and then we'd compare answers, to see if there was indeed a consensus, or if we all saw the act via different lenses.

And, maybe not surprisingly, there were several different reactions to that scene, based on comments in the comment section in response to the question. And it even got a bit heated too, with me right in the middle of the mix. Oh the good old days when I had time to jump into the comment section regularly and argue all-day-long with folks on things.

But it was a healthy, critical, in-depth discussion, with a group of smart, informed folks and cinephiles (including Charles Judson, Qadree Woodland who used to write for S&A, Wendy, Monique, of course myself, and several others) in which we really broke down the film, and that scene in particular. And I think we all (myself included definitely) learned a few things back then. To give you some idea of how involved the post was, the debates in the comment section went on for a good 5 days straight! And this was when we had so few readers.

As I first said back then (among many other things), what often isn’t mentioned when I hear others discuss this topic is that, as Mookie throws the trash can through the glass window, he yells, “Hate!

Now, rewind the film in your head about 20 minutes, back to the scene in which Radio Raheem schools Mookie on the never-ending struggle between love and hate. In Radio Raheem’s rendition, love wins the battle. In Mookie’s reality, hate wins over love, as he yells, “Hate” when he throws the trash can.

The question then is, whose “hate” is it that wins? The film waffles a bit, never fully committing to one side or the other – love or hate – essentially, saying that it’s all really not that simple. There’s a lot of ambiguity. And that’s life.

The ending quotes by both MLK and Malcolm X, which were added after studio execs insisted the Spike end the film on a somewhat less depressing note, tell us something. One preached non-violence; the other preached self-defense. Not that we were being asked to choose between one or the other; but, again, it doesn’t give us any clear answers, nor should it. We have to decide on what it all means to us.

Also, remember when Buggin’Out tries to organize a boycott of Sal’s, but the other black characters he enlists aren’t interested, because, they have no problem with Sal. So the trash can through the window wasn’t about Sal personally, but more about what Sal and his pizzeria represented, to Mookie and his neighborhood, especially after Raheem's death, which meant it had to be destroyed in their eyes.

So, back to “hate,” which he yells as he tosses the trash can – one of the things I took from that is, in that moment, hate won over love – specifically Mookie’s hate. He let it get the best of him, and he acted on it, destroying this symbol of ownership (key to the entire film) and the one thing Sal treasured - what he depended on for livelihood.

That's essentially where the debate began, and it went on to evolve from there, branching into other areas that, by the 5th day, we'd almost completely gotten off the initial topic, but were still talking about film.

There was conversation about whether Mookie was right to do what he did, whether Sal deserved that, what Spike's message was with that scene, whether he was successful in delivering whatever his message was, and much more.

So, I'll leave it there, and pose the question to you folks to discuss: Why do YOU think Mookie threw the trash can through the window of Sal’s Famous Pizzeria in Do The Right Thing?

Here's the Spike Lee Q&A on Do The Right Thing; and underneath, you'll find the scene itself:

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  • Alex | March 15, 2014 6:59 PMReply

    After re-watching the scene a couple times, and thinking about Raheed's monologue on Love and Hate, it's clear to me that Mookie was trying to catalyze an inevitable situation. Before grabbing the trashcan, Mookie appears frustrated by the shouting. The pizzeria was going to be destroyed that night, whether or not Mookie threw the trashcan. He skipped the bullshit and, perhaps, diffused the tension in the neighborhood more quickly.

  • Alex | March 15, 2014 7:05 PM

    Also, notice that Mookie doesn't actually run into the pizzeria with the mob. He simply granted his neighbors the permission to do what they wanted to do in the first place. To get it over with.

  • Nathan Pickering | February 8, 2014 2:57 PMReply

    It really seems like Lee created a masterpiece with an amazing message but cant see what a great film it is because of his weird, in many ways contradictory, opinions on racial issues... "You just can't know why if you aren't black" What the hell are you talking about!!!! Its like everyone else can understand. "The Riot started because the NYPD murdered Radio Raheem"
    What movie was he watching? and why dosent he get his own film.
    He says "African Americans understood what Mookie was going through and how he felt."

    Bill Nunn,Radio(African American) " I didn't really understand why Mookie did what he did".

    Giancarlo Espinoto, Buggin Out (African American) "I've never thought he did the right thing."

    Monty Ross co producer (African American) "it's not right to damage a person's property"

    Martin Lawrence (African American) "That's a hard question to answer"

    There isnt a unanimous opinion based on whether your not your black

    He is just so obsessed race that he empowers it and highlights the differences between cultures and how oppression isn't a universal theme, it only applies to African Americans...

    I just dont understand Spike Lee

  • Nathan Pickering | June 22, 2014 11:08 AM

    In Response to CC

    Congratulations on calling me out on the fact that I am white, that really is an incredible ability.
    Also, being able to completely miss the point of my argument is impressive

    Instead just calling me ignorant actually supports my point as you, and Spike Lee, think that you are the only one's capable of understanding what Mookie is feeling because he is black and the subsequent events that precede his trash can throw.

    You, like Spike Lee, think that the "Black Experience" is unique as "Someone like me knows nothing about because I'm white". But if I look at the properties of Mookie's experience they are universal. The boss is riding him, his partner questions his commitment, he cant protect his sister anymore, his friends are trying to sway him... THESE ARE NOT PROPERTIES UNIQUE TO "BLACK PEOPLE"

    Now this is not to say that I don't respect the difficulties a poor, working class which is distinctly African American. I do, trust me, despite the fact that I am a white male, I am capable of empathy, although you make quite a ridiculous assumption that I cannot due to my demography, itself a little racist but it dosent really matter. It's just that I reject the notion that Mookie's situation is ONLY unique to black people and ONLY something they can understand, as Spike suggests.

    Therefore my argument is not an attack of black culture or an attempt to marganalise Spike Lee BECAUSE he is black. I want try and understand why SPIKE LEE lets his own sense of entitlement, to what are universal issues, affect the film as "Something only a black person can understand" a ridiculous and racist notion.

    I tried not being a douchebag in my response as you where to me CC

    TO CC

    Thanks, Nathan Pickering

  • CC | February 8, 2014 5:39 PM

    "I just dont understand Spike Lee" ~ Nathan Pickering, aka... *wait for it*... A White Guy

    Gee wiz, don't you get it "You just can't know why if you aren't black" Nathan

    See Mr. Pickering, in your haste to marginalize Mr. Lee you showed your skin color when obviously missed the relevance of his statement "African Americans understood what Mookie was going through and how he felt."

    The quotes you listed spoke to their disagreement of how Mookie "discharged" his emotions (i.e, disgust, anger, fear, lost hope, etc) NOT the events that took him there. Something of which you know little or nothing about because you're Nathan, a white guy who has little empathy for what Mookie was going through and how he felt.

    So the next time you even think about saying something as silly as "What movie was he [Spike Lee] watching? and why doesn't he get his own film?" think again, because it's not he, it's those who let their prejudicial ways distort their critical thinking skills, who continue to play the nut role.

  • Jalen Grimmett | December 11, 2013 3:25 AMReply

    If you guys read between the lines you would have understood why he threw the can. The black people in the neighborhood wanted blood, the neighborhood has came to find that sal and his children are full blown racists and sal would have been to selfish to pack up and leave. Leave while he was ahead. The trash can reimbursed sals money and forced him to leave while saving his life. That was and act of love which transferred the hate to the pizzeria instead of sal and sons. if that didnt happen eventually sal wouldve ran out of business and went broke as a result of his relentless stubbornness

  • Nathan Pickering | February 8, 2014 2:33 PM

    Do you really think Sal is a full blown racist after 25 years of working in that neighborhood where he cherishes the fact that the black children "grew up" on his food. His clear love for Mookie's sister. His employment of Mookie. I think Radio and Bug out are symbols of militant violent insurgency and that it creates a self fulfilling prophecy

  • Diego Lucas | June 2, 2013 8:45 PMReply

    If you look at that scene and look at mookies face you will see he did the right thing for this situation. He saw that people where starting to vent their anger about Radio Raheem death towards Sal and his boys and Mookie took it with in himself to direct their anger towards the pizza place. Now at first looking at it it might seem as the wrong as he incited a riot but in hind sight you can look at it as he decided to save Sal and his boys.

    That's just my personal interpretation i think their is no right or wrong answer its up to you how you decide to look at it.

  • Chrysti | April 26, 2014 5:31 AM

    Nathan! Nathan! Nathan! Could you just try? TRY to see it from a point of view that is different from your own. Just try. Also, please consider that it is entirely possible to be racist in general yet have affection for specific people of the hated group (a favorite sports star or singer or Mookie's sister for instance). C'mon Nathan, please, just try to let go of your viewpoint for a moment and "see" another perspective. It might just make you holler.

  • Jana Sante | February 27, 2013 12:37 PMReply

    Requoting Samuel Jackson's take on why Mookie did what he did:
    - "He had been taking it and taking it. The lady's on his ass, the job's on his ass, the community's on is ass. And while he was down with everybody, Mookie was still in a semi-Tom space. He was the man's boy. There comes a time when you got to break that chain and let everybody know that that's not who you are. He had to vent his rage. So yeah, he did the right thing. "

    What remarkable irony from Mr Jackson. Gobsmacked. (Thankyou for the post CareyCarey)

  • CareyCarey | February 27, 2013 5:14 PM

    No, Thankyou Jana Sante,

    I never know who reads my mess, but I always receive some type of serendipitous rewards from the comments of others, esp, if they're responding to something I've written (even if they are not agreeing with me). In this case, I received--at least--3 rewards that I wasn't expecting.

    1. I did not know the definition of the word "Gobsmacked". I looked it up and put it in my war chest. (Thankyou for the handoff)

    2. Before posting I had not read the other comments, but today I did. It was amazing to see that several mimicked the words/thoughts of Spike and cast. Mel even hit on the ending quotes by both MLK and Malcolm X. That was also discussed by Spike & company. Mel's example was very enlightening.

    3. While reading your earlier comment, I said to myself, "Damn, this person is deep AND she's a very good writer. In fact, I had to read it twice to get the full flavor. Nevertheless. in my opinion--from my perspective--it was simply, poetic brilliance. So I've copied it for future reference. In other words.... I am going to erase your name and put mine on it. :-) Thankyou

  • fred reade | February 27, 2013 10:06 AMReply

    I get a kick out of the interpretation that Mookie did it to protect Sal. Yeah, in that heated moment when he's hyperventilating and enraged about Raheem he's really thinking about how he is going to protect Sal. If you believe that, I've got the best god ever here for you. Sign up and pay the entrance fee and you get your place in the promised land. The idea that throwing a garbage can through someone's window is the right thing will always take some real moral contortions and justifications. Why the justifications? Because on the face of it, it's obviously wrong. So how do those justifications hold up in the face of all legal and moral values? No so much, right. The whole idea of being an adult is to restrain impulses. Impulse control is what we teach all children. Mookie's rage and act are hardly "the right thing" from the pov of any legal or moral value system. If you hate Sal that much then figure out how to defeat him in a way that is valid in society. Lead a boycott of his business. Covertly record his racist remarks and broadcast them from a speaker out in the street. Whatever. Get creative and hit the man where it hurts, in his pocket. It's very cinematic, picture the reactions of various people, etc... But spike has his own rage issues and he wants to justify them. Part of his justification is his assertion that no black person ever questioned Mookie's move. Give me a break Spike. Some of us are from Brooklyn and know when we're being conned.

  • lilkunta | February 27, 2013 9:59 AMReply

    I agree 100% with JMAC. It is the hatred of the institution.
    Also, is a redesign of appearance coming. Comments appear newest to oldest, but not all comments have a 'reply' button so the conversations dont follow. Is that a SA problem or a indiewire problem ?

  • Chrysti | April 26, 2014 5:35 AM

    The first time I say the movie I was about 20 years old. I remember thinking Mookie HAD to throw that garbage can to keep the crowd from killing Sal. That pent up rage and frustration was real and it had to be released. My thoughts as to why have changed with age and differing perspective but I still say Mookie did the right thing!

  • Sah | February 27, 2013 4:21 AMReply

    i always figured sal's was symbolic microcosm of the country - the lament being that of black citzens wanting representation for the business we built and help fund (america). the trash can through the window represented the hate destroying the table at which we all dine.

  • CareyCarey | February 26, 2013 10:12 PMReply

    Interesting discussion. I just so happen to have Spike's 360 page book on Do The Right Thing. It includes the entire script, 130 pages of pictures and conversations between the actors.

    On throwing the garbage can:

    John Turturro: When Spike and I first talked about the film, I told him that I had some trouble with the last part, because the movie shifted tone so much and felt a little separated from the rest of the film. Dramatically, I didn't know if I bought Mookie throwing the can through the window. I said, "Maybe my character should do something more to cause everything to happen?" Like stick a knife in somebody's back. I found it really upsetting that they killled Radio Raheem, and then on top of that, there just more destruction. But now I have a whole different perspective. Maybe something just had to happen, whether Mookie was doing it in protest, or to protect us, whatever, it really seemed like a political action. At the time I knew where he was coming from, but I thought it could be a little more motivated.

    Lee: To this day, no person of color has ever asked me why Mookie threw the can through the window. The only people who ask are white. It shows people just see things differently. African Americans understood what Mookie was going through and how he felt, having just seen his friend murdered.

    Richard Edson [Vito}: I don't think Mookie did the right thing. He did what he felt he had to do at that moment. But then, did Sal do the right thing by smashing the radio? I think there were a lot of wrong things. I'll tell you who did the right thing: me and Leonard Thomas. Doing that little dance during the fight scene--that was the right thing!

    Danny Aiello: Spike is going to say no way, bt the night we filmed the riot, I said to him, "You threw that fuckin' can through the window to save me and my sons from getting killed." He changed the object of anger from living human beings to something inanimate. I believe that in his mind, that was the intention, although I know he is going to say that's bullshit.

    Lee: Never. If you look at any uprising--Detroit, Newark--it was not started by someone trying to be a good citizen. If that's what Danny thinks, I am not going to argue with him. But I know historically how black people have felt at the hands of unjust violence.

    John Savage [Clifton]: Doing the right thing can be heartbreaking. But I didn't see Mookie's act as the right thing. It was his frustration with what IS the right thing.

    Chuck D [of Public Enemy]: Whether it was the right thing or the wrong thing, it was the necessary thing at that particular time. When Mookie threw the can through the window, I felt so much for both him and Sal, because they were forced to play out a script in which history has lied to both of them.

    Monty Ross, co-producer: There are two sides to my answer. I grew up during the 60s, so I know what it was like to want to go out in the streets. I never did, however, because my mom always said she would whip my butt, but I understand the frustration. But it's not right to damage a person's property.

    Ernest Dickerson, cinematographer: Mookie did the right thing because he diverted the crowd's anger away from Sal and his sons. He saved their lives.

    Bill Nunn [Radio Raheem]: I didn't really understand why Mookie did what he did. Sal was like a father to him. Well, maybe not a father, but Sal was doing the neighborhood kids a favor by staying open late. He was trying to do a good thing.

    Giancarlo Esposito: Mookie did the right thing for Mookie. Personally, I think he definitely made a mis-take. He incited a riot. I don't believe in violence. I believe you can talk things through. I've never thought he did the right thing.

    Martin Lawrence: That's a hard question to answer. At the time it may have seemed like the right thing, but it caused a riot. He did what he thought was right in a situation that wasn't.

    Lee: Mookie didn't cause the riot. The riot jumped off because the NYPD murdered Radio Raheem with the infamous Michael Steward chokehold, with a whole lot of witnesses looking on.

    Samuel Jackson: He had been taking it and taking it. The lady's on his ass, the job's on his ass, the community's on is ass. And while he was down with everybody, Mookie was still in a semi-Tom space. He was the man's boy. There comes a time when you got to break that chain and let everybody know that that's not who you are. He had to vent his rage. So yeah, he did the right thing.

    Tom Pollack, Chairman, Universal Pictures (1986-1995): I don't have an answer, because just the fact that I would not have done what he did doesn't make it wrong. Quite some time after Do The Right Thing, Spike and I were talking about why Mookie threw the garbage can, and I don't wnat to put words in his mouth, but he said something to me like, "You just can't know why if you aren't black"

    Lee: It's up to the audience to decide

  • Mark and Darla | February 26, 2013 8:37 PMReply

    He didn't want Sal to see he forgot to wash the window.

  • Jana Sante | February 26, 2013 8:28 PMReply

    Sorry...autocorrect jacked up the last phrase of my post. What it should have read was: - And that Mookie still showed up the morning after the flames to reconcile rage on his terms (limited though those terms may be) was complexly enduring cryptic sophistication on Spike's part. Cryptic as 'the story of love and hate' itself, emblazoned in gold on those b-boy knuckleduster rings adorning each tortured hand of the murdered Radio Raheem.

  • Jana Sante | February 26, 2013 8:18 PMReply

    ... Why did Mookie throw that trash can through the window of Sal's Pizzeria? Because shattered glass as a palpable act of (Black) rage isn't terminal, but terminal Black rage is like betrayal with no place left to go. And 'cause Spike loved Mookie (and symbolically, us) he found a way to articulate a Black rage as complex as us in our duality of Love/Hate. A trash can thrown in rage through the window of a place both beloved and despised. Rage both raw and quarantined in Spike's subversively deconstructive act of communal catharsis; where embers burn out hate without incinerating all possibility of love beyond the flames.

    An eye-for-an-eye kind of rage; this was not. We lost a life in Radio Raheem. In Sal, a dream was lost. The loss was not even. (Little is). But that Sal's pride had to bear that loss before the gaze of the Brooklyn bereaved was rare and significant. And that Mookie still shg after to reconcile rage on his terms (limited though those terms may be) was complexly enduring cryptic sophistication on Spike's part. Cryptic as 'the story of love and hate' itself, emblazoned in gold on those b-boy knuckleduster rings adorning each tortured hand of the murdered Radio Raheem.

  • Cuse | February 26, 2013 7:18 PMReply

    I’m probably one of the few people who don’t think he was justified in throwing the trash can. Spike didn’t sufficiently make a case for Mookie. I didn’t like Mookie all that much. He came across as more of a pompous jerk to me than the "heroic" figure that Spike seemed to want us to see him as.

    So maybe if some other character threw the trash can, someone more "deserving", I might be more accepting. But I’m not sure who that person would be.

    Ok. That’s my story. I’ll go hide now before I’m eaten alive lol!

  • Ivory Jeff Clinton | February 26, 2013 10:19 PM

    I think there was an unintentional message in the movie about the tendency to get all up in arms over irrelevant matters. Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, though not completely dysfunctional, had plenty of major problems in the '80s. Certain parts, at least, were dangerous as hell with violence, the crack epidemic and you-name-it running rampant, but what was Buggin' Out buggin' out about? What made him wanna fight the proverbial power? Photos on the wall of a local, mom-and-pop restaurant. But I guess AIDS, out-of-control crime and poor schools were too daunting to tackle. Easier to boycott some pizza shop where none of the characters, if memory serves, even claim to like the food all that much. ... https://twitter.com/IvoryJeff/status/306604498829324288

  • Ivory Jeff Clinton | February 26, 2013 9:54 PM

    I think the whole idea behind the Mookie character was that he self-centered and aloof, and unlikeable so. Remember how his son's mom (Rosie Perez) and especially her mom gave dude the business? lol. They both had me cracking me up. The trash can through the window to me expressed that even someone so nonchalant could be driven to rage when racial tensions boil over into tragic events like a fatal act of police brutality. But was it justified? Not to me. At all. What did it accomplish? Nothing. Just made a bad situation worse like rioters, whose actions some sugar coat as "uprisings." ... https://twitter.com/IvoryJeff/status/306598106097651712

  • BluTopaz | February 26, 2013 9:01 PM

    "So maybe if some other character threw the trash can, someone more "deserving", I might be more accepting. But I’m not sure who that person would be."

    I totally agree. Spike saw Mookie as a flawed hero, but to me he was a jerk as you noted. The only characters in the film who didn't grate on my nerves were Sal and Ossie Davis' character.

  • monkeysuit | February 26, 2013 6:46 PMReply

    I agree with the first two comments. I really think he was trying to save Sal's life by directing the violence at his property. And also Sal's Pizza was a symbol of exploitation and capitalism in our neighborhoods so it was time for it to go. It's an example of necessary violence. A way for black people to vent at the frustration of living in this country when things boil over, but him throwing the can at the window instead of Sal was in some ways an act of love. So his toss was filled with love and hate.

  • JMac | February 26, 2013 6:10 PMReply

    Why did he throw the garbage can? What happens to a dream deferred - or in reality a dream denied? Throughout the movie, you see all the slights and insults waged at black people in the community just trying to live life: white cops driving around like they're doing pest control instead of protecting the citizens ("what a waste");Sal's shop with nothing but pictures of Italians in a restaurant that wouldn't even exist if blacks refused to patronize it; the Koreans who haven't been there long enough to speak decent English but operate a business in a neighborhood where they treat the people as if they don't belong despite the business's location on a block where the community has lived/worked/played on their entire lives... and then the realization that the Koreans do belong more than they[you] do because it doesn't matter how long you've been in this country and what black people have done to contribute to it you're still just a nigga... All that crap you experience and ingest but you let it roll off your back or it'll eat you up inside - you're trying to do the right thing for your own survival. Yet every now and then something major happens that just amplifies your second class citzenship in society. Keeping the anger to yourself isn't a viable option nor should it be. You've got to do something. Mookie did turn himself over to hate - hate of racism, lack of control, lack of respect.

    The scene previous to this one not only showed the police choking Radio Raheem to death in front of everyone while the people plead with the officer to stop, but also people referencing the deaths of two other black men at the hands of the police (real incidents). The totality of the injustice took control. Very understandable to strike back at a symbol of the injustice even if it's not effective. The hate was much bigger than one man [Sal]. His death would have meant nothing. It was hate of the institution.

    I remember when this film came out there were quite a few "accidental deaths" of black men in police custody around the country, including in my city. Jesse Jackson came down here but I don't know what if anything resulted from the visit. Even when you do the right thing - resort to level-headedness and conversations rather than destruction and violence - nothing much changes. Obviously, there was a lot of cheering when this scene played out in the theater I was at.

    Love his comments on music in schools... although PE wasn't a good example of real musicianship then or now.

  • Mel | February 26, 2013 4:52 PMReply

    "The ending quotes by both MLK and Malcolm X, which were added after studio execs insisted the Spike end the film on a somewhat less depressing note, tell us something." This is ironic to me because the last time I saw "Do The Right Thing" was in an undergrad film studies class. I was one of maybe 3 black people in a room of 40. 80% of that class had never seen DTRT before. That was in 2010! All the white kids were angry that it ended with a Malcolm X quote, "because he promoted violence and that shouldn't be the last message you receive from a film like this." SMH just thinking about it. But to answer the question: I think he got caught up in the moment like many of the people who jumped in afterwards. The trash can through the window was a very physical and specific way to express his abstract hatred.

  • Deedee | February 26, 2013 4:38 PMReply

    Because Sal's actions ultimately lead to Raheem's death. By smashing his boombox and calling him a nigger, Sal gutted Raheem. So Raheem choked him out. So the police choked Raheem out. JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS WHEN YOU DONT WANNA WAKE UP. EVERYTHING IS FUCKED, EVERYBODY SUCKS. YOU DONT REALLY KNOW WHY, BUT YOU WANNA JUSTIFY RIPPING SOMEONE'S HEAD OFF. NO HUMAN CONTACT AND IF YOU INTERACT, YOUR LIFE IS ON CONTRACT. YOUR BEST BET IS TO STAY AWAY, MOTHAFUCKAAAAAAAA!

  • LeonRaymond | February 26, 2013 4:37 PMReply

    Oh come now, No Black person ever asked cause it's really Obvious, the trash can through the window represented Hatred of the Racism Mookie saw at an owner who set up shop in Black Community selling Pizzas while harboring a hidden dislike of the Black Community itself, the wall with not one Black face adoring the walls, Racial tensions in the community were at an all time high with a Mayor who was as insensitive as our present Mayor the Black Community at Large. We all wanted to throw a brick through the window while watching the film and let Sal know he needed to be more attuned the Black community of the Neighborhood his business was in The trash can signified anger and changing the conversation after Raheem's death by Police who already voice how they felt about Black folk in that area while present in Sal's Pizza itself. I wish somebody could have thrown a trash Can onto the stage at this past Academy Awards. The anger is the same as well as the racism, it's just better dressed in designer gown!

    We don't have to ask why did he throw it if your Black. That's like that profound question asked to Laurence Fisburne in Deep Cover of "What's the Difference Between A Black Man and a Nigger" Same answer for both questions!

  • Tyler | February 26, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    Mookie knew that Sal would ultimately be killed if things would continue as they had been going. He created an outlet for violence to be taken out on property rather than another man's life.

  • getthesenets | February 26, 2013 4:16 PMReply

    to channel the anger that was spreading throughout the community over Raheem's murder....

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