Filmmaker Spike Lee got the opportunity to meet for the first time with Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont he supports for president, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In an interview, the Morehouse man and the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist talked about “the boogie-down Bronx” (Both Lee and Sanders hail from Brooklyn), education, and Black Lives Matter. When Lee asked Sanders, “Bernie, what does Black Lives Matter mean to you?” Sanders told him young black people too often are “harassed” by the police: “We are all sick and tired of seeing unarmed people shot by police officers.”
“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 to be addressed.”
According to Uproxx the two also joined together for Sander’s latest campaign aid:
“The video features a gym in “Da Republic of Brooklyn” full of pro-Bernie activists. Harry Belafonte, the legendary Calypso singer and civil rights activist, kicks off the ad by saying, “People of color have a deeply vested interest in what Bernie Sanders brings to us in this election.” Eric Garner’s daughter Erica Garner continues her public support of Sanders in the ad; and New York Daily News writer Shaun King joins in the chorus of supporters that builds throughout the video.”
In February, the black college grad endorsed Sanders for president, “When Bernie gets in the White House, he will do the right thing,” Lee said at the time. “How can we be sure? Bernie was at the March on Washington with Dr. King. He was arrested in Chicago for protesting segregation in public schools.”