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Wed, Feb 26, 2014 11:04 AM EST

Spike Lee is tired of people making excuses about gentrification. So when someone asked about "looking at it from the other side," or, in other words, trying to find the positives of gentrification at an event at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute last night in his native Fort Greene, Lee gave an impassioned defense of his views. Put simply: Gentrification destroys the character of black neighborhoods, and he's seen it firsthand. Listen. 

(h/t Gothamist)

Read the transcript after the jump.