I just came across this video from about a month ago of Spike Lee endorsing Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election. As we’ve discussed, Lee has never shied away from expressing his political opinions, and I think that’s part of my appreciation of him as a person and as a filmmaker. However, I’m sharing the video because it’s a direct reference to School Daze that, for me, evokes a particularly powerful message– not about supporting Bernie Sanders, but rather about Lee’s very clear opinion about the state of our country almost 30 years after the release of the film.
The video opens with Lee walking around a college campus screaming “WAKE UP!” just like Julian at the end of School Daze, and is very clearly a reference to the film and it’s
message. The rest of the video depicts a college campus interwoven with clips of speeches by various politicians about the state of the nation. The reason I found this clip powerful (and you might too, regardless of who you support in the election) was that it asserts the stakes of the election as just as signifiant as those themes explored in School Daze — like divestment from South Africa and also the necessity for the unification of the black community.
Has anyone else seen this video, and if so, why do you think?
Edit: I was just made aware that someone else had posted this video a couple weeks back and somehow I totally missed it. I’m glad both of us thought this was worth sharing.