INFILTRATING THE KLAN
In Spike Lee’s new movie BlacKkKlansman (based on a true story – release date 10 August 2018), a rookie police officer named Ron Stallworth was able to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1979. What the Klan didn’t know is Stallworth is black.
Stallworth (John David Washington son of Denzel Washington) answers an ad in the paper about a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan being forming in Colorado Springs. It is formed by a soldier at the local army base, Fort Carson. Stallworth calls the number listed in the ad, posting a white man who hates everyone, especially blacks. Through this phone call, he was able to procure a meeting with one of the members at a local bar. Since Stallworth is black, he couldn’t go, so he sends one of his co-workers to the meeting. They wire the co-worker with a mic, to capture the conversation. Through the undercover meeting, Stallworth is able to become a Klansman himself, which is approved by, then Klan leader, David Duke (Topher Grace). Stallworth received his official Klan membership certificate that he hung on his wall at work and kept there for many years.
Stallworth is able to hide his true identity through phone calls, but what about the face to face meetings? This is where the same co-worker gets involved. Stallworth does the phone meetings and his co-worker, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Diver) does the face to face meetings. In all the face to face meetings, Zimmerman wears a wire so Stallworth knows what’s going on. With information, Stallworth hears and reported back to him by Zimmerman, he is able to get the right information, which will allow him to say the right things during the phone meetings.
I’m a fan of movies like this, true stories or based on a true story. I’m also a fan of Spike Lee movies. Well, some of his movies. But with the price of movies these days, I’ll wait for it to stream somewhere, which should be in about three to six months.