BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman ★★★★

Spike Lee is back with another "woke" film about politics that although humorous throughout, ends on a spine-chilling and very real note. "BlacKkKlansman" tells the true but undoubtedly sensationalized story of Ron Stallworth, who infiltrated his local Ku Klux Klan during the late 1970s. Next to this hilariously spectacular operation, the film also displays Ron's relationship with president of the black student union at the local university, Patrice Dumas. These different perspectives paint a brighter and fuller image of racism in the 1970s.

Next to the obviously racist presence of the KKK, the film also discusses other expressions of racism, such as police brutality. What is particularly interesting about this, is that this subject is approached from opposing viewpoints. We see and hear about the struggle that Patricia and her union aims to fight against. Yet we also witness the daily operations at an actual police station, and in particular the operations of a colored officer, who although familiar with these struggles, continues to be part of a system that supposedly supresses his people. Why? Because working for this system does not necessarily have to equate to enabling its problematic elements. He, like Patricia, puts up a fight against racism but does so from the inside, both through his official position as police officer as well as through his faux attendance of KKK meetings. These meetings are actually attended by Stallworth's colleague, Flip Zimmerman, portrayed by the fantastic Adam Driver. His presence highlights another form of racism: antisemitism. Lee uses these different viewpoints to tell a beautifully intertwined story about racism and discrimination. In the end, he draws the correlation between his thrillingly told story and our chilling reality. Altogether, "BlacKkKlansman" is an absolute sensation; amusing, exciting and powerful.

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