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February 28th, 2014
08:33 PM ET

Spike Lee's relatives' Brooklyn home was vandalized days after anti-gentrification rant

"Do the right thing"

That's what someone spray painted on the wall of the house next to where Spike Lee used to live in Brooklyn.

The message, which also happens to be the title of Lee's 1989 film, appears to be backlash from this seven minute rant on gentrification.

"So, why did it take this great influx of white people to get the schools better?" Lee says. "Why's there more police protection in Bed Stuy and Harlem now? Why's the garbage getting picked up more regularly? We been here!"

The actor and director's comments on Tuesday sparked controversy over the issue of whether gentrification is good or bad.

D.K. Smith is the one who asked Lee the question that started it all and he is OutFront.


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