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.Sëxual assault of students seems to be a common occurrence at SISD.
From today's local EPT headlines:
"Did we drop the ball? Yes," O'Neill said. "But since then we are informing parents and we have met with them at the school. No one has been identified as a suspect and we have interviewed the staff and we are doing everything we can to meet with parents."
While some parents stood up and spoke on behalf of the district, other parents alleged that their children, too, had been victims of sexual assault at SISD and said they, too, had similar experiences with the Socorro Police Department and the district.
At one point Espinoza raised his voice so he could be heard above parents' shouts.
"Please keep in mind that we can't answer your questions if you're shouting," Espinoza said. "And two, we have children in the auditorium. Behave yourself like adults, please."
As parents began to name possible suspects in each individual case, district officials would cut them off.
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.