In case you’ve been off the social media for the last few hours, filmmaker Spike Lee appeared at Pratt Institute and went on an epic rant last night about gentrification in Brooklyn. NY Mag has transcribed the whole thing, and Gothamist’s Jake Dobkin has also weighed in.
What did he say about Brooklyn Heights?
NYMag: So, look, you might say, “Well, there’s more police protection. The public schools are better.” Why are the public schools better? First of all, everybody can’t afford — even if you have money it’s still hard to get your kids into private school. Everybody wants to go to Saint Ann’s — you can’t get into Saint Ann’s. You can’t get into Friends. What’s the other one? In Brooklyn Heights. Packer. If you can’t get your child into there … It’s crazy. There’s a business now where people — you pay — people don’t even have kids yet and they’re taking this course about how to get your kid into private school. I’m not lying! If you can’t get your kid into private school and you’re white here, what’s the next best thing? All right, now we’re gonna go to public schools.