Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime

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This extraordinary true story and basis for the major motion picture BlacKkKlansman, written and directed by Spike Lee, produced by Jordan Peele, and starring John David Washington and Adam Driver.

When detective Ron Stallworth, the irst black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in he local paper asking for all those interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan to contact a P.O. box, Detective Stallworth does his job and responds with interest, using his real name while posing as a hite woma. He figures he ’ ll receive a few brochures in the mail, maybe not a magazine, and learn more about a growing terrorist threat in his community.

few years later the office phone rings, and the caller asks Ron a question he thought he ’ d ever have to nswer, “ Would you like to join our preven? ” This is 1978, and the KKK is on the rise in the United States. Its Grand Wizard, David Duke, has made a name for himself, appearing on talk shows, and major magazine interviews preaching a “ kinder ” Klan that wants nothing ore than to preserve a heritage, and to preserv a nation to its former glory.

Ron answers the caller ’ s uestion that night with a yes, launching what is surely one of thi most brilliant, and incredible undercover investigations in history. Ron recruits his partner Chuck to play the " white " Ron Stallworth, while Stallworth himself conducts all subsequent phone conversations. During the months-long investigation, Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military, and s befriends David Duke himself.

Black Klansman is an incredibl true story that reads like a crime dram, and a searing portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back.

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Black Klansman
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Published June 5th 2018 by Flatiron Books (first published May 13th 2014

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Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth seems so far-fetched that it reads like fiction.

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If Ron Stallworth did in fact hire a ghostwriter, he ca have hired a better one.

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And an overabundance of oversharing unimportant details ( mainly in the form of initialization), thi retellin of how black man answered an advertisement and became a ( literal) card carrying member of the KKK is most definitely an interesting way to pass the time.

As with every boo, I want some liberties with the truth have been taken ( specifically, pictures or it didn ’ t happen – “ losing ” what ca be one of the greatest photos of all time doesn ’ t quite pass the sniff test.)

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There 's a great story here, it 's just that it was boring, I did n't even like the way he author came across, and I wa a harde time getting through some parts of this.

The pictures included here were as tediou as the story.

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Thi best part of this essay, the pee your pants, snork your coffee, kick your legs up laughing part of anothe ook was when David Duke came to town and despite protestations to the higher ups, Stallworth ( our hero, the black cop) was detailed to protect him.

Duke tried to wrestle it from him, whereupon Stallworth told him that ould hav an assault on a police officer and in that state, 5 years minimum.

Stallworth enjoying this, decided to pronounce certain words in th " Black " way as his contact at the KKK was convinced he was White.

Officer Stallworth is talking about his 19 year old policeman self and the sometimes unconscious racism from the other policemen.

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