Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman Hits Theatres Today, Anniversary of White Supremacist March Last Year in Charlottesville
Written by Staff Writer on August 10, 2018
Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman is a powerful movie based on the long history of hate and racism in America and how it can be traced down through the decades. It was not so coincidentally released in theatres today, the one-year anniversary of the Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist March in Charlottesville causing the tragic death of the peaceful counter protestor Heather Heyer.
Washington Post writer Sonia Rao sat down with Lee “BlacKkKlansman, which took home the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Grand Prix in May, tells the real-life story of a black Colorado Springs cop named Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s by pretending to be a white man over the phone. But it also connects the Klan’s racism to what spurred last year’s Charlottesville rallies and even directly attacks the Trump administration for perpetuating such behavior.”
While Lee’s critics are abound, his message is and always has been about love – “It all comes down to love vs. hate, he says — it always has. That is why the two words appeared on the knuckle rings of Radio Raheem, a fictional character killed by police officers at the climax of Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.” Some claim Lee is on a soapbox, but he really just wants to be on the loving side of history.”
Alongside Washington (son of Denzel Washington) the film stars Adam Driver (Kylo Ren of the current Star Wars trilogy) as Flip Zimmerman. Show your support for this powerful, yet entertaining film, and check out BlackkKlansman in theatres now.