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  • 3 March 2014, 5:23

Spike Lee's Childhood Home Hit By Vandals

Vandals have targeted the former Brooklyn home of Spike Lee after a video of the filmmaker making profanity-laced comments against gentrification went viral.

They spray painted "Do the Right Thing", one of Lee's best-known movies, both on the director's old house and a neighbouring house, and smashed a window in the process.

Lee's father currently lives in the director's childhood home in the Fort Greene neighbourhood.

The attack happened three days after Lee criticised gentrification of the black, working-class neighbourhood during a Black History Month speech.

"You can't just come in the neighbourhood and start bogarting and say, like you're (expletive) Columbus and kill off the Native Americans," Lee said.

"Here's the thing: I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It's changed," he added.

"Why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better?"

He added that gentrification has little regard for those who "have a culture that's been laid down for generations".

Dianne Mackenzie, who lives at the house next door to the Lee family, told CBS's 1010 WINS news station: "I think there is a connection between Spike Lee's comments and the vandalism on my house.

"This kind of thing does not happen in this neighbourhood, we don't get graffiti, we don't have windows vandalised, it just does not happen, it's unusual, and the coincidence of it happening the day after all of the attention he got it just screams at you that it has to be connected with what he said."

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