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ML on the left.

ML is a character in the film Do the Right Thing, portrayed by the late Paul Benjamin. ML hangs around with Sweet Dick Willie and Coconut Sid sitting down on chairs in front of a red wall and under a beach umbrella.

There are no background details on ML, except he was possibly born in a different country, yet he claims to have been in New York for a long time.

ML talks about how annoyed he is with the Koreans owning a grocery store in the neighbourhood. He also happens to be obsessed with Sweet Dick Willie's name, even asking if he has to spell it out for him, and often asks "What was you saying?" after Sweet Dick Willie or Coconut Sid says anything.

When the trio discuss the origins of their names, ML is seemingly glad his mother never named him Sweet Dick Willie. ML then gets more curious of where Sweet Dick Willie got his name from, though the latter tells him "it's just a name". Sweet Dick Willie and Coconut Sid also become curious of how he was named ML, the latter simply responds "ML stands for ML".

After Radio Raheem gets killed, he says: "It is plain as day; they didn't have to kill the boy."

After Sal's Pizzeria gets burnt down, ML and the people head over to the Korean grocery store, saying how it's their turn. Sonny tries to defend himself and his family with a broom, saying how he was not white and that he was black. ML gets annoyed by this, saying that ML himself is black and tells Sonny to open his eyes. Cocount Sid tells ML to leave him alone and that he's alright. ML leaves them alone and people cheer.