I just saw this for the first time. I have a few observations. What was Spike Lee's intention with this movie? I know the point would be that violence isn't the answer to racial prejudice. Also, why were blacks portrayed so horrible in this film? Why wouldn't he just turn his radio off? I see the fact that Sal had no hate until it was instilled in him by the behavior of the guy with the radio and the other (sorry I've forgotten the names). Sal's son called them animals. They acted like it when they completely destroyed his pizzeria when he had nothing to do with the murder. I just don't understand why Spike Lee would make his own race look so bad. I'm not a racist by any means but this is just the way I see it. Despite all these concerns, I really enjoyed the movie, especially the look of it. The movie made me almost FEEL the heat.