Striking a nerve in the black/white cultural conversation Spike Lee‘s new film, Blackkklansman – a film adaptation of the astonishing true life story of black police detective Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington), is one of the best creations the talented film maker has made in years. Retelling the riskiest undercover investigation in modern American history the story starts in the early 70’s after the detective was hired at Colorado Springs P.D. and after being typecast as “the black cop” for heists that further repressed his African-American brothers and sister the lack of inspiration in his job sees him pose a case to foil the Kl Klux Klan and after convincing his chief, played by Robert John Burke, and having his application granted we see the first ever known Black Klansman hazed through membership via phone conversations before we are taken on a journey through black empowerment with a “job swap” unlike any other.
The much anticipated and compelling black empowerment story gives us a hero, a role model for audiences starved of a black hero’s on-screen and allows an activist who infiltrated not just the Klan but also the corrupt, racist system that was the Colorado Springs P.D. at the time and as he uses his position to bring the organization out of the dark ages we are treated to a look at his masterful plan that gives us a reason to rethink the way we individually and together treat what is dubbed as minorities. With help from his partner Flip Zimmerman, played by Adam Driver, the pair show us how the Klan operated through secret meetings and rituals overlooked by the grand wizard, played by Topher Grace, and as they manoeuvred their way through the ranks we are made privy to a world only few could agree with and only some wanted part in.
I know you are yet to see Blackkklansman as it isn’t out until August 10 but I urge you to do yourself a favour! This racially charged piece will show you just why the current state of world affairs is one we need to change and more that racism should never be tolerated. Make sure you head along to see Spike Lee‘s greatest work in years, I can’t wait to hear what you think.