A lot of people have been sharing Spike Lee’s “rant” on gentrification on facebook. I agree with Spike, but the odd thing about a lot of people sharing the story is that they are gentrifiers themselves. The lack of self awareness on display is astounding. They are completely oblivious to the fact that Spike is talking about them. Who do they think Spike is talking about?
If not them, who do they think the people gentrifying neighborhoods are? Are they phantoms? Look in the mirror young, liberal white people living in black and brown communities that no one else but you can afford to live in these days. It’s you. You are the ones pricing black people out of their communities. Come to terms with that. It’s not other people. It’s all you.
The cynical part of me thinks they know deep down inside what’s going on. How could they not? Some might lack self awareness, but not all of them. They wouldn’t be caught dead in these neighborhoods over decade ago. I mean, you’re a white person living in Bedstuy, Fort Greene or Harlem, you cannot feign ignorance about this. Stop acting like you don’t know what’s up, acting like you’re riding with what Spike is saying, when you known good and damn well that he’s talking about you.
The utter absence of self-reflection. The performance of “getting it.”
A true mark of dishonesty.