Booklook°01: Ron Stallworth's "Black Klansman"
An undercover black cop infiltrates the Colorado Springs chapter of Ku Klux Klan, so effectively that he even fools the Grand Wizard himself, David Duke.
Black Klansman is Ron Stallworth's memoir, his story as the first black cop in the city back in the 70s. The book has just turned into a film adaptation by none other than Spike Lee, with critics claiming this film as his best work yet.
"If one black man, aided by a bevy of good, decent, dedicated, open-, and liberal-minded whites and Jews can succeed in prevailing over a group of white racists by making them look like the ignorant fools they truly are, then imagine what a nation of like-minded individuals can accomplish.”
I loved the way Stallworth captured and detailed his investigation, which sounded completely hilarious at times considering he, a Black man, was infiltrating the KKK. At the same time though, I wondered about the precariousness of his position from many angles (as a black person who supported the Black Panthers, as a black person in the police force among others).
I’ve yet to see the movie so I’m looking forward to that. If you have, let me know what you think in the comments below!