(USA TODAY) Film director Spike Lee railed against gentrification in New York City inan expletive-filled speechthis week.

Lee grew up in the Ft. Greene neighborhood in Brooklyn. His parents still live there.

"Why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the South Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Brown Heights, for the facilities to get better?" he said in response to a question at anAfrican American History Month lectureTuesday at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Explaining his response, Lee toldCNN'sAnderson Cooper 360, "My problem is, when you move into a neighborhood, have some respect for the history, for the culture."

To stay a great city, Lee said New York City needs more affordable housing. Lee currently lives in Manhattan's Upper East Side and listed his town house for $32 million.

Some quotes from Lee:

  • "The garbage wasn't picked up every (expletive) day when I was living in 165 Washington Park."
  • "Have you seen Fort Greene Park in the morning? It's like the (expletive) Westminster Dog Show."
  • "Then comes the (expletive) Christopher Columbus Syndrome. You can't discover this. We been here. You just can't come and bogart.
  • (Renters) can't even afford (expletive) (expletive) Williamsburg now because of (expletive) hipsters.

By Jolie Lee, USA TODAY Network; Contributing: Associated Press


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