Yesterday evening, while giving a lecture at the Pratt Institute for Black History Month, Spike Lee candidly shared his dislike for the gentrification of inner-city neighborhoods in New York. According to Mr Lee:
Then comes the motherfuckin’ Christopher Columbus Syndrome. You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart. There were brothers playing motherfuckin’ African drums in Mount Morris Park for 40 years and now they can’t do it anymore because the new inhabitants said the drums are loud. My father’s a great jazz musician. He bought a house in nineteen-motherfuckin’-sixty-eight, and the motherfuckin’ people moved in last year and called the cops on my father. He’s not — he doesn’t even play electric bass! It’s acoustic! We bought the motherfuckin’ house in nineteen-sixty-motherfuckin’-eight and now you call the cops? In 2013? Get the fuck outta here!
Nah. You can’t do that. You can’t just come in the neighborhood and start bogarting and say, like you’re motherfuckin’ Columbus and kill off the Native Americans. Or what they do in Brazil, what they did to the indigenous people. You have to come with respect. There’s a code. There’s people.
Lee continued to address his frustration because in his words it took, “an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better? The garbage wasn’t picked up every motherfuckin’ day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. P.S. 20 was not good. P.S. 11. Rothschild 294. The police weren’t around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, three o’clock in the morning on 125th Street, that must tell you something.”
In the wake of his remarks, white people from all around New York City have taken to Twitter to vocalize their reactions to Spike Lee’s comments.
Here are a few of the Tweets we found:
@MyKidsAreMyWorld: Spike Lee’s use of the eff’nheimer is proof that he could use gentrification of the mouth. In my house those are words we do not tolerate. I think he needs 4 minutes on the naughty rug.
@IdidTheRightThingOnce: I agree with Spike! Whoever this Chris Columbus is. He needs to stay out the Boogie Down Bronx! Chris is a bitch ass name anyway. #TeamSpike
@FiftyShadesOfCreme: And this is why I never leave the Upper Eastside. Just to be clear – I am not a racist. I just prefer to be around like-minded individuals who just happen to be the same color as me.
@CatLoversOfNYC: Meowzers! Spike Lee sure is having a catniption.
@YaBoyBoyd: What the f*ck is genitalvacation? How come nobody speaks American no more? #USA
@PoopOnMe: @SpikeLee’s just mad cuz he did the WRONG thing when he only got one of his ears pierced. #OldManShit
@Sally1940: @SPIKELEE THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP FOR US GERIATRICS. CAN YOU TELL ME WHY I CAN ONLY TYPE IN ALL CAPS? WHERE DO I FIND THE CAPS LOCK ON MY KEYBOARD?