Film director and New York City native Spike Lee went off on an expletive-filled rant against gentrification in the nation's biggest metro area this week.
Lee grew up in the Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, where his parents still live.
In response to a question at an African American History Month lecture Tuesday at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, the 56-year-old film great said:
"Why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers into the South Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Brown Heights, for the facilities to get better?"
Explaining this quote, he told Anderson Cooper, "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 NYC needs more affordable housing.
He also offered these choice, NSFW quotes on the subject ...