Before our assignment to watch this movie I had not heard of it and did not know what time period it was taking place in. The beginning scene with Alec Baldwin made me think that it was going to be set in the 40s perhaps, and then I realized that it was probably set in the 70s (the afros were a bit of a giveaway). However, while it was set in the 70s, there were several themes and comments that were eerily similar to the state of our nation right now. One of the biggest things that stuck out to me was that David Duke, the grand wizard of the klan, said the phrase “make America great again”, upon listening to this I instantly got the chills. In many instances I saw a lot of similarities between Trump and David Duke and especially was unsettled when they were discussing how David Duke had aspirations for political office so he would never publicly say that he hated jews or black people in an effort to save face. I think that these little pieces were intentional by Spike Lee as this film was released in the middle of the Trump presidency and is perhaps a commentary that we are closer to the 70s than many people imagine and the fight for civil rights is not over.
Everything sort of came full circle at the end when clips from Charlottesville in 2017 were released with both David Duke and Trumps voices over them, highlighting the fact that the idea of a white America is far from being dead. I think that Spike Lee and everyone involved in this film did a great job at emphasizing the fact that the fight is far from over and in some ways they sort of predicted what happened this summer and is far from being over.