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After calming down from his expletive filled gentrification rant, which was definitely on point, Spike Lee  made an appearance on “Anderson Cooper 360” to further discuss the points he so eloquently made.

Lee told Cooper  that he’s not against new people moving into areas that were once predominantly poor and predominantly African-American.

“My problem is that when you move into a neighborhood, have some respect for the history, for the culture,” Lee said.

And Lee isn’t without his supporters. Actress Rosie Perez said Lee is right, but could have delivered the message in a different way.  “Because he articulated in such a rant, so it’s easy to dismiss it as Spike Lee being crazy,” she said. “But he does have a definite point.”

But people were quick to point out that Lee doesn’t practice what he preaches, since it’s alleged that he hasn’t lived in Fort Greene for some time.

Check out the video below:

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  • MimiLuvs

    “…And Lee isn’t without his supporters. Actress Rosie Perez said Lee is right, but could have delivered the message in a different way. “Because he articulated in such a rant, so it’s easy to dismiss it as Spike Lee being crazy,” she said. “But he does have a definite point.”

    And she’s right.
    “They” will scour an entire batch of apples, in search of that one hungry ant, in order to throw out the entire basket.
    I had to listen to a few people from Sheepshead Bay, on the train, this morning doing the same exact thing. Rather than acknowledge the message, they choose to chat about Spike’s delivery. It’s not the first time that I’ve witness such actions. I believe that this is one of the character traits that President Obama possesses that causes them to lose their sh*t.
    We know about Spike Lee’s message. I know about Spike Lee’s message.
    Another thing:
    Nothing makes me feel more “shin kicking happy” than hearing a gentrifier-supporter say “Well, don’t be mad at the new people for being proactive in order to clean up your community!” For those individuals, I would like to provide a heartfelt “F*CK YOU!”
    Despite popular belief, there are Brooklynites (and Harlemites) who has been spending DECADES trying to “clean up” their communities. I’ve been a part of fundraisers (for anything and everything… from raising money for funeral costs to gathering reward money to providing maintenance for after school programs). I’ve volunteered at after-school programs. I’ve volunteered for health insurance fairs, food pantries, soup kitchen functions, etc. I’ve been a part of protests. So, I’ve seen a lot of members of those communities participating in change.

  • Anon

    I wonder why these conversations always boil down to some something about “hood” authenticity? (Re: line questioning Lee’s Ft. Greene street cred by pointing out his UWS penthouse.).

    The real issue is about people being able to live — LIVE — where they want, having basic goods and services in their community, and not having to feel like colored people can’t have/don’t know how to handle nice things (which is why they only come when white people move in).

    That’s the point of his emo rant. That is the rub with gentrification — yes — that often, when people move in, they don’t respect the history of the place.