I liked this movie. It was sad, there was loss in the movie, but it spoke to the struggle between love and hate. Sal, the pizzeria guy loves the neighborhood. The residents of the neighborhood love the pizzeria. Buggin' Out hates the "wall of fame" on the pizzeria wall, because it's all italians. The guys on the street corner hate the korean grocer because he has a successful business, and he'd only been there less than a year. Love and hate. Radio Raheem spells it out in a monologue, using brass knuckles.
In one of the closing scenes, the korean grocer convinces the mob that his struggle is like theirs.
The thing is, on one hand, equality is gained by nonviolent resistance, King style. Then again, on X's side, there is virtue on fighting back against undue force. Spike Lee doesn't give full endorsement to one or another, but he shows that both have a place. Radio Raheem's death by a enraged police officer was brought about because of a boycott and protest gone wrong. But there was a sort of reconciliation between mookie and Sal at the end, and in a glimpse of hope, it's hinted that Sal will rebuild, and stay in the neighborhood. It's a sad movie, depressing a bit, and it leaves you with mixed feelings. But I enjoyed it.