Mookie is the main protagonist of the film Do the Right Thing. He is portrayed by the director, producer and writer of the film, Spike Lee. He is a young black man who’s familiar with the neighborhood, and works for Sal in Sal's Pizzeria as a pizza delivery man. He wears a Dodgers baseball shirt. He lives with his sister Jade and has a bi-racial relationship with a girl named Tina, whom he has a son with names Hector. Tina and Hector lives with Tina’s mother. Tina’s mother is not fond of their relationship. Mookie does support Tina, but she would like for him to visit their son more often.
In the film, his plan is to make the money and move out from his sister's place. He app
arently sees Tina and his son only once a week. He is respected by his peers, and is friends with Vito, but hated by Pino. He is annoyed about climbing flights of stairs to deliver pizzas and Pino's racism. Mookie wants Sal to pay him his money early, but Sal refuses as he thinks that he won't see him later if he does. Mookie takes a shower at his sister's house while he's still working his shift. Sal gets annoyed by this, saying that he's pushing it, and threatening to fire him.
He is part of the fourth wall breakers sequence, where he is the first person and insults Pino and his Italian background and says: "You dago-wop, guinea, garlic breath, pizza slinging, spaghetti bending, Vic Damone, Perry Como, Luciano Pavarotti, Sole Mio, non-singing motherfucker." Each character in the film spews racial stereotypes and derogatory terms about one another, ending with Mookie’s rant toward Sal. It is apparent by this collection of scenes that racism has affected everyone in the neighborhood and rules them subconsciously.
He tells Jade to stay away from Sal, and tells Sal to leave Jade alone, as he thinks that Sal is a predator. When delivering a pizza to Tina, they make love. After refusing servicing to a paying customer and destroying his radio with a baseball bat a riot broke out at Sal’s pizzeria. Although Sal has situated his business in the heart of a black neighborhood he did not celebrate black history or black culture within his pizzeria. This was a major point of contention for one of the film’s main characters Buggin’ Out. Buggin Out decided a boycott against Sal’s pizzeria which came to a head when Sal destroyed Radio Raheem’s radio. The police arrive and immediately begin to apprehend Raheem. He is choked with a billy club and detained by officers until he is seen go lifeless. A riot ensues. When Radio Raheem gets killed by the cops, Mookie gets a trash can and throws it through the pizzeria window, enticing a riot.
The next day, he awakens in Tina's bed and goes out and asks Sal for his money, ensuing an argument. He gets his money, and goes back to Tina.
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Tina ( girlfriend)
Carmen ( unofficial mother-in-law)