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12 Times Spike Lee Had The Perfect Reaction To Gentrification

"You can’t just come in when people have a culture that’s been laid down for generations and you come in and now shit gotta change because you’re here?"

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1. When your favorite corner store closed down.

Now where the hell am I gonna get my Arizona Iced Tea and Hot Cheetos?
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Now where the hell am I gonna get my Arizona Iced Tea and Hot Cheetos?

2. Fancy, luxury apartments start popping up EVERYWHERE!

3. When the total cost of your rent surpasses your SAT score.

Fuck you mean rent is $1800?!
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Fuck you mean rent is $1800?!

4. The local grocery store is replaced with Whole Foods or another over-priced organic market.

5. Flyers from real estate agents practically begging you to sell your home start cluttering your mailbox.

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Does it look like I want your services?

6. You can't even pronounce the name of the fancy, new restaurant that opened up around the block.

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Is it French or Italian? Either way I can't afford it.

7. You see white people running at night and you think they've lost their DAMN mind!

8. "Who put a dog park next to the baseketball court?!"

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"Ya'll know I don't fuck with dogs!"

9. But there are some perks. Like, my property value increasing.

10. The streets are noticibly safer and cleaner.

11. AND THEY JUST BUILT A NEW CHIPOTLE DOWN THE STREET!!

PRAISE!!
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PRAISE!!

12. But at the end of the day, is gentrification really a good thing?

"So, why did it take this great influx of white people to get the schools better? Why’s there more police protection in Bed Stuy and Harlem now? Why’s the garbage getting picked up more regularly? We been here!" - Spike Lee during a lecture in honor of African American History Month at Pratt Institute
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"So, why did it take this great influx of white people to get the schools better? Why’s there more police protection in Bed Stuy and Harlem now? Why’s the garbage getting picked up more regularly? We been here!" - Spike Lee during a lecture in honor of African American History Month at Pratt Institute

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