Spike Lee calls Jared Kushner ‘punka–‘ for comments on Black people

The acclaimed director has made clear that he is 'so tired of white folks telling us what we need to do.'

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Spike Lee has clapped back at Jared Kushner for his comments on the success of Black Americans. 

The filmmaker joined SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” on Friday and called Kushner a “punk a**” for saying Black people must not “want to be successful.”

Lee made clear that he is “so tired of white folks telling us what we need to do.”

Read More: Jared Kushner implies Black people don’t want to be successful as he defends Trump

“How could this guy, how could this punk-a** say what Black folks need to do? You know, it’s like there wasn’t 400 years of slavery, systematic racism, go on, list, list list list…this guy to say to Black people, that we don’t wanna succeed? Hey, let him come to Brooklyn talking that. Let him come to Harlem talking that mess,” said the Oscar-winning acclaimed director. 

Trump’s son-in-law caught major heat earlier this week after an appearance on Fox News where he made a controversial statement about the Black community.

“The thing we’ve seen in the Black community, which is mostly Democratic,” said Kushner, “is that President Trump’s policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they’re complaining about, but he can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful.”

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Spike Lee at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 8, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

Lee responded to his remarks on “The Joe Madison Show,” calling Kushner a “punk” and implying that the Trump administration is trying to “take our eyes off the prize.”

“First of all, that guy’s a punk. Second of all, our ancestors with — here’s how America was built, the United States of America was built by the stealing of the land from the Native Americans and the genocide Americans coupled with slavery,” Lee continued. “So we built this country! So what the hell is he talking about? We don’t want to succeed!? He’s nuts!”

Lee also reacted to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) saying she doesn’t believe systemic racism is a problem in Maine

“Are we seeing another epidemic of crack? Did crack come back, or did I miss it? Because these people, these folks are smoking crack..didn’t they hear crack is whack, but they want to bring it back,” said Lee. 

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