Two Brooklynites: Spike Lee and Bernie Sanders meet for the first time in person thanks to The Hollywood Reporter. The 17-minute conversation leads with the theme of “How to transform our country.” Bernie Sanders is asked about guns, education, poverty and politics. Spike Lee also touches on the privatized prison system and how it has continuously affected communities of color. The interview originally appeared in the April 22nd edition of The Hollywood Reporter but the video has just surfaced. “People knowing the Clintons in the African American community for 25 years, “ Sanders says has provided a challenge in reaching African Americans who have grown to love the president, despite his contribution to the prison industrial complex. “The problems facing this country now, are so serious, are so deep, that the same ol same ol ain’t gonna do it,” says Sanders.
“People don’t appreciate how much power Wall Street has. Corporate America. The corporate media.”
Bernie Sanders has no doubt become popular in the hip hop community with co-signs from Killer Mike, and now Uncle Spike amongst others. But while things are looking up for his campaign as of late, only time will tell who will win the Democratic nominee. Uncle Spike isn’t afraid to ask Bernie Sanders real questions, and Bernie Sanders doesn’t seem to have any fear of providing honest, direct answers, including this one on #BlackLivesMatter. “What it means is that we are all sick and tired of seeing unarmed people shot by police officers. That young people in African American communities are harassed by police officers, where police departments are not there to be supportive but are in many cases oppressive. And that’s an issue that has got to be addressed.” Where All politics aside, and regardless of who you plan on voting for, the two Brooklynites talk about some real issues that our community is facing today. Watch the full interview below.