Spike Lee’s latest film has a trailer and some images. This time he takes a look at an amazing, true, story about a black policeman who manages to join the KKK in the 1970s.
This time he puts quite a comedic spin on it, as you can see in the trailer. Even so, it’s as poignant now as it was when it happened 40 years ago.
BlacKkKlansman takes this amazing story and runs with it.
By the looks of it, and if you read up on the story, it is as stupid as it comes across in the trailer. A bunch of racist idiots being fooled by a black officer because of their own stupidity. Or as Ron actually describes them as “a bunch of assholes”
It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department’s rank and file. Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth contacts the group and soon finds himself invited into its inner circle. He even cultivates a relationship with the Klan’s Grand Wizard, David Duke, who praises Ron’s commitment to the advancement of White America. With the undercover investigation growing ever more complex, Stallworth’s colleague, Flip Zimmerman, poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of hate group, gaining insider’s knowledge of a deadly plot. Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman team up to take down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.