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Racism Then vs. Racism Now — Will Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” Make A Difference?

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Jordan Peele and Spike Lee teamed up to bring “BlacKkKlansman” to the big screen — the true story about a Black police detective who infiltrated the Klu KLux Klan in the 70s. And the hope in all of us is that the film will make those with hate-filled hearts rethink their racism.

The film, which follows Detective Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) as he makes phone contact with David Duke (KKK Grand Wizard, played by Topher Grace), exposes the KKK and their attempts at causing harm to several Black members of the community, by sending in a white officer, Detective Flip Zimmerman (played by Adam Driver), to act as Stallworth and gain intel during their private meetings.

Unfortunately, many of the films revelations about the KKK in the 70s are still prevalent today. This is even more apparent as we approach the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville riots during the “Unite The Right” rally which pitted KKK members and tiki-torch toters against Black people exercising their free rights.

So, can “BlacKkKlansman” make a difference in today’s climate? We talked to Spike, John David and several others at the Los Angeles premiere Wednesday night and the overall concensus was one of hope.

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