the most powerful word in new york these days set the city ablaze yet again this week. it started with this article in the new york times by erika anderson. the internet went nuts the second it hit the nyt site. twitter…forget about it. erika was called everything in the world, but mostly, racist. listen, i’m be-yond sick of these articles full of white guilt over gentrification too, but cyber bullying is no bueno guys. we can do better than that. with that in mind i actually tweeted about the article and @’d erika. she responded and suggested we meet up to chat about my views on the article and gentrification in general. i’m super excited about this opportunity. besides it obviously being a teachable lesson for erika, our talk will also be great for me, a black gentrifier (yeah, that’s totally a thing), to understand the thinking of a white gentrifier.
then the man that made me want to move to bed-stuy in the first place jumped in the convo. spike lee gave a glorious response to a gentrification question during his black history month lecture at pratt on tuesday. listen to the excellence below. be forewarned, its tons o’ cursing.
gentrification is such a layered and complex issue that we may never get to the bottom of, but hopefully my sit down with erika anderson will begin to chip away at this thorn in all of our sides.