I'm going to openly review this as an educated black male who is now a director in a corporation: this is the most honest portrayal of the hurdles a black man faced back then. Not over-the-top, 'us white people are going to stop you at all costs' racism like what's usually shown, but just truthful. This is how it was and is, for me at least: shocking bits of overt racism here and there, but they are far and few…
This rating is for the theatrical release only, I won't bother going into the Director's cut, as I was really disappointed by it. There is no aspect of this movie that doesn't perfectly resonate with me; perfect casting across the board, the plot, the script, the lighting and cinematography, music, wardrobe, sets, hell, even the props, everything. Modern day pulp and Mel Gibson at their best.
Lee: I like to let people talk who like to talk. It lets me find out how full of shit they are.
Carter: What the hell did you just say?
Carter: This is the LAPD. We're the most hated cops in all the free world. My own mama's ashamed of me. She tells everybody I'm a drug dealer.
Lee: Why would they not want my help?
Carter: Because they don't give a damn about you! They don't like…