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Spike Lee’s Racism Isn’t Cute: ‘M—–f—– Hipster’ Is the New ‘Honkey'
Time Magazine ^ | 26 Feb 2014 | John McWhorter

Posted on 03/01/2014 3:05:35 AM PST by oblomov

It’s interesting that the director of the richest oeuvre of black films in the history of the medium doesn’t understand what the Civil Rights revolution was for. In his expletive-laced comments about the gentrification of Fort Greene during an interview at the Pratt Institute, Spike Lee seemed to think that what we Overcame for was to be grouchy bigots.

Basically, black people are getting paid more money than they’ve ever seen in their lives for their houses, and a once sketchy neighborhood is now quiet and pleasant. And this is a bad thing… why?

Lee seems to think it’s somehow an injustice whenever black people pick up stakes. But I doubt many of the blacks now set to pass fat inheritances on to their kids feel that way. This is not the old story of poor blacks being pushed out of neighborhoods razed down for highway construction. Lee isn’t making sense.

“Respect the culture” when you move in, Lee growls. But again, he isn’t making sense. We can be quite sure that if whites “respected” the culture by trying to participate in it, Lee would be one of the first in line to call it “appropriation.” So, no whites better open up barbecue joints or spoken word cafes or try to be rappers. Yet if whites walk on by the culture in “respectful” silence, then the word on the street becomes that they want to keep blacks at a distance.

In his interview with Anderson Cooper on Wednesday to clarify, Lee mentioned the controversy in Harlem some years ago over park drumming, which new white residents protested. Lee thinks whites were supposed to put up with being woken up on weekend mornings by the drums. That was a subtle issue.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: New York
KEYWORDS: blackkk; brooklyn; crownheights; gentrification; harlem; hipsters; hollywoodreds; honkies; johnmcwhorter; liberalbigot; limolibs; milliondollarmarxist; newyorkcity; racist; segregationist; spikelee
John McWhorter is an interesting guy. On the one hand, he was an Obama supporter in '08 and '12, but is not on the left ideologically. He's written a set of insightful books on the trajectory of black America that were strikingly conservative in their style of argumentation and conclusions. He's an English professor at Columbia.

If there is such a thing as a neoconservative black intellectual, McWhorter would be it.

1 posted on 03/01/2014 3:05:36 AM PST by oblomov
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To: oblomov

Sadly he voted for Obama because he’s BLACK!


2 posted on 03/01/2014 3:12:15 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: oblomov

I agree. I’ve got an audio series he did on “The Story of Language.” He’s knows all kinds of facts, and I like his sense of humor.

He can’t seem to see past Obama, though.


3 posted on 03/01/2014 3:12:41 AM PST by Tax-chick (Lost to headquarters.)
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To: oblomov

Spike Lee is a hipster himself...


4 posted on 03/01/2014 3:25:42 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: oblomov
"So, no whites better...try to be rappers."

I agree, they shouldn't. Neither should Blacks or Hispanics or Asians or anyone else in the universe.

5 posted on 03/01/2014 3:26:32 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: oblomov

And of course if section 8 housing is forced on white neighborhoods , whites are also supposed to respect the black culture moving in and lowering housing prices..


6 posted on 03/01/2014 3:40:06 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: oblomov

Related:

Spike Lee Lives in $32 Mil Manhattan Townhouse, Complains about White People Gentrifying Brooklyn
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/spike-lee-lives-in-32-mil-manhattan-townhouse-complains-about-white-people-gentrifying-brooklyn/


7 posted on 03/01/2014 3:45:40 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: oblomov

Is there cavalry at Fort Green to protect the white settlers?


8 posted on 03/01/2014 4:17:27 AM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: oblomov

You can’t win with aggrieved racists like Lee. No mater what, you are going to be in the wrong.


9 posted on 03/01/2014 4:29:23 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

The racial grievance industry guarantees its existence with two conflicting demands that can never both be satisfied:

1. It is racist to have all-white neighborhoods, schools, businesses, sports teams, or organizations, therefore they demand that all of these be fully integrated so there are no “under-represented” minorities in them.

2. It is racist for whites to move into a black neighborhood, attend a traditionally black school, join a black organization or business. Doing so encroaches on “black culture.”

Since it is impossible to have all-black neighborhoods and at the same time have proportionate representation of blacks in all neighborhoods, it is guaranteed that the community agitators in this country will never run out of grievances to agitate against.


10 posted on 03/01/2014 4:51:50 AM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: oblomov

“It’s interesting that the director of the richest oeuvre of black films in the history of the medium doesn’t understand what the Civil Rights revolution was for.”

Yawn. Lee has never been held to an adults standard of conduct or thinking. He never will be.


11 posted on 03/01/2014 4:54:10 AM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: oblomov; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson; Tijeras_Slim; Constitution Day; Slings and Arrows; ...
M—–f—– Hipster

"Spike Lee is too mainstream."

12 posted on 03/01/2014 4:59:58 AM PST by martin_fierro (MF, Hipster)
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To: Darksheare
Spike Lee is a hipster himself...

I don't know about the hipster part, but he's certainly a doofus.

13 posted on 03/01/2014 5:09:06 AM PST by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: oblomov

Spike Lee has tons of money and everything he wants politically. Being angry about it says a lot about him.


14 posted on 03/01/2014 5:09:28 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: oblomov

A person could call me a “honkey” all day everyday and it wouldn’t offend me in the slightest.


15 posted on 03/01/2014 5:10:31 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Wow, looks like Spike Lee and I agree with something after all. I would also strongly encourage young people to invest in a belt and pants that fit.


16 posted on 03/01/2014 5:12:46 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: oblomov

As I recall, it was Bill Clinton who started the trend by putting his office in Harlem.


17 posted on 03/01/2014 5:18:13 AM PST by stilloftyhenight (...staying home isn't an option.)
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To: oblomov
Lee mentioned the controversy in Harlem some years ago over park drumming

"Shhh, do you hear that? The drumming stopped. They're getting ready to attack." Every jungle movie ever.

18 posted on 03/01/2014 5:19:14 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: oblomov

Race relations have gone to hell in my lifetime. I remember the days of segregation and the good and bad attributes associated with such a system. I welcomed integration hoping it would resolve the injustices the black community had endured under segregation. It did not because integration was applied through forced legislative means by liberal politicians. Overnight, black and white communities were told how they should act and think regarding each other. No legislation can force you to accept another person if you don’t agree with their character and values. The only successful integration of the races has occurred between people of like character and values. Which brings us full circle except segregation is now defined in terms of liberal vs conservative values.

Conservatives of any race will always find in common values a sort of equilibrium between the races. Liberals will always disagree with conservative values in the name of diversification and by using legislative overreach hope to force their values upon those who do not agree.

All this to say, I don’t think I like Spike Lee or his character, value, and attitude. I don’t have to agree with him, or him with me. That’s the way it is. There is no racism or hatred intended. We just aren’t equal. Created equal but diversified by ideology.


19 posted on 03/01/2014 5:30:10 AM PST by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: Texicanus
Conservatives of any race will always find in common values a sort of equilibrium between the races.

Insightful.

20 posted on 03/01/2014 5:58:28 AM PST by GOPJ (I saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called Schindler's List.)
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To: oblomov
“Respect the culture” when you move in

Tell that to the illegals and Muslims.

21 posted on 03/01/2014 6:01:53 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Darksheare

Spike is one of the racist jerks that keeps adding fuel to the fire :/


22 posted on 03/01/2014 6:22:59 AM PST by Bikkuri ( those would have been affected.)
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To: dfwgator

spike lee is such a hypocrite. The wealthy talentless fool made his money then skipped to a tonier neighborhood in a massive townhouse and continues to spew his racist crap. What a poltroon.


23 posted on 03/01/2014 6:24:05 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
A person could call me a “honkey” all day everyday and it wouldn’t offend me in the slightest.

Maybe I F***ed his mother, but I am certainly no Hipster.

24 posted on 03/01/2014 6:24:37 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: oblomov

Forget Ft. Greene. Your dollar will go much farther in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Buy what remaining unrenovated brownstones are left and watch real estate prices double and triple over the next decade.


25 posted on 03/01/2014 8:06:33 AM PST by Oratam
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To: dfwgator
“Respect the culture” when you move in...

Tell that to the illegals and Muslims.

IMHO the post of the day, so far.

FMCDH(BITS)

26 posted on 03/01/2014 8:22:40 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: oblomov; GeronL
“Respect the culture” when you move in, Lee growls.

Has he tried saying this to La Raza?

27 posted on 03/01/2014 9:14:31 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Sirius Lee; Revolting cat!
"Shhh, do you hear that? The drumming stopped. They're getting ready to attack." Every jungle movie ever.

NO.

Now the bass solo begins...

28 posted on 03/01/2014 9:16:25 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Bikkuri
Spike is one of the racist jerks that keeps adding fuel to the fire :/

If the "fires" (of racism) ever went out, Spike Lee and other race hustlers (like Jackson and Sharpton) would have to fine a new angle to make their cash.

29 posted on 03/01/2014 9:18:05 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Rummyfan
You can’t win with aggrieved racists like Lee

Ah, but the wealthy Lee doesn't see himself as an "aggreieved racist". I'll bet he is sure that negroes, like himself, cannot be racist no matter what they say or how they act toward others.

30 posted on 03/01/2014 9:20:15 AM PST by glennaro
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To: Darksheare

My wife’s first comment too

Lee is the first black hipster


31 posted on 03/01/2014 9:23:52 AM PST by wardaddy (Bus to Shreveport... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYF682WYRtw&feature=youtube_gdata_)
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To: oblomov
“Respect the culture” when you move in, Lee growls.

OK Spikey boy. But don't complain when some honkey does a driveby on your crib.

32 posted on 03/01/2014 10:10:23 AM PST by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: martin_fierro

33 posted on 03/01/2014 12:43:11 PM PST by mikrofon (Spike Tires)
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To: Rummyfan
Its been my impression that blacks and russian immigrants here get along relatively well, generally speaking.

I believe its because russians typically are immune to appeals to racial consciousness. They just don't care about black grievance & I guess blacks, although they may not like it, tend to respect that.

There's your answer to the problem of race relations in America, right there. IMO.

34 posted on 03/01/2014 4:23:39 PM PST by skeeter
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To: stilloftyhenight

Yeah, I remember when Krinton was being touted as the first black president. I’ll bet ole Spike was nearly bursting a blood vessel over that.


35 posted on 03/01/2014 10:15:49 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: stilloftyhenight

I wonder if Spike has any comment for Hitlery rolling into NY and becoming a senator 5 minutes after she got there.


36 posted on 03/01/2014 10:19:48 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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