Spike Lee Mentions “Native Genocide” in Oscar Acceptance Speech; Trump Criticizes Him in Tweet

Spike Lee mentions “genocide of the Native people” in his Oscar acceptance speech.

Published February 25, 2019

LOS ANGELES — Spike Lee won an Oscar on Sunday night for his role in the adaption screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman.” In his acceptance speech, Lee discussed  slavery and his family’s experiences of it. “I give praise to our ancestors, who have built this country into what it is today along with the genocide of the native people,” he said.

“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner,” Lee continued. “Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate.”

The speech was well received by those in attendance at the 91st Academy Awards. It was not well received by Donald Trump, who apparently watched the speech from the White House.  On Monday, he called Lee’s speech a “racist hit on your President” in a Tweet.

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