ReviewJess V. K2018Comment

BlacKkKlansman (2018), Dir. Spike Lee

ReviewJess V. K2018Comment
BlacKkKlansman (2018), Dir. Spike Lee
God bless white America.
— Ron Stallworth, BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Corey Hawkins, Jasper Pääkkönen, Robert John Burke, Ryan Eggold, Paul Walter Hauser, Ashlie Atkinson, Ken Garito, Frederick Weller, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Harry Belafonte, Alec Baldwin.
Director: Spike Lee
Screenplay: Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, & Charlie Wachtel.

White Power. Black Power. Supposed injustice. Actual injustice. Both taken seriously. Both shown side by side. One is clearly ridiculous. One is clearly frustrating and horrifically real. BlacKkKlansman (2018) is an hilariously large mirror that is being held up to society. It is hilariously large that all you can do is laugh at our own ridiculousness. However this hilariously large mirror is also showing that while we have to laugh we also have to take it seriously.

Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) is the first black police officer in the CSPD, literally hired as a token to prove diversity. Ron is in a hurry to make a different and finds himself in the intelligence force. Seeing a recruitment number for the Ku Klux Klan in the paper he gives them a call, convinces them he is white and sets up a face to face meeting. This means he needs a good white man to be his mask—Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver).

This film uses the white rhetoric as a farce to prove the insanity that it spouts. These white supremacists come off as idiots but are quickly proven to be violent and while their hate speech should not be taken seriously their hate, anger and actions can be deadly. This is countered by the Black Power movement from the Colorado Collage Black Union. Here we see the a message of love, and beauty of black culture and not standing for this oppression and violence from the white 'pig' cops or the white establishments. 

The white rhetoric is not to be taken seriously, but the contrast of the Black Power movement is. Lee operates on a clean thin line for these two sides. We have an in-joke understanding as we follow this story with two analytical threads. This is a farce with true meaning, and the truth gets the upper hand of respect and dominance while it is also being oppressed.

Pay attention to what Lee is saying near the end. The white have supposed slights with black people, hyper inflated lies from fictional sources while black people have very real a terrifying slights that time and time again have historic and everyday merit. White people have never been suppressed or slighted while black people are still trying to get pig cops from shooting them with their hands up.

★ ★ ★ ★