SHARECOMMENTMORE

(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

---

You may also like...

Underwater Secret:Hidden caves beneath Weeki Wachee

Rollercoaster Rescue:16 stranded after ride malfunction

Car Crash tragedy:USF students killed in interstate wrong-way crash

Hungry Sinkhole:Hole opens beneath Corvette museum, swallows 8 cars

Be my McValentine:Romantic reservations at McDonald's

Card Game Murder:Man sentenced for Magic: The Gathering killing

Treason?Secret Service visits candidate who says Obama should hang

Sasquatch on Tour:"Dead Bigfoot" on display in Texas

Here kitty, kitty:Lion escapes enclosure at Pasco sanctuary

#ShortYellows: Florida quietly shortened yellow lights

Kittens shot:Officer shoots kittens in front of children

Popular photo galleries:

Faces of Meth:Devastating before and after photos of meth abusers

Trayvon Martin Shooting:Trayvon Martin crime scene photos and George Zimmerman injury photos

Hooters Winners:Winners of the 2013 Hooters swimsuit pageant

Rejected:Funny Florida license plates rejected by the DMV ***warning graphic***

Deadly sinkhole:Home collapses, man dies in giant sinkhole

Popular Databases:

Florida Sex Offenders:Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here

Restaurant Inspections:Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here

SHARECOMMENTMORE