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Apr 26, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm| Free
“I Come with Respect” is a manifesto and design intervention created by Pratt Institute MFA Communications Design students Rachna Batra and Kristen Myers. When Spike Lee spoke at Pratt in February he delivered a now-viral rant against gentrification in Brooklyn, the borough in which he was raised. By repurposing his speech into a community manifesto and asking neighborhood newcomers and long-time residents alike to sign on and vow to “come with respect,” we hope to begin a conversation about how to keep a community from fracturing even as neighborhoods undergo rapid development and gentrification.
With personal experience as gentrifiers living in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights respectively, we’ve been struck by the divide in culture and community between long-time residents and newcomers. As neighborhood newcomers, we do not want to be intentional outsiders — we want to be a part of the community in which we live. We want to get to know our neighbors. And we want other newcomers to want the same.