Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

BlacKkKlansman

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

BlacKkKlansman

Article excerpt

What could a greater evil than using religion to justify evil?

While Spike Lee's latest film (joint) is a true story about Ron Stallworth, a black police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate, it is so much more. The story itself is fascinating, with its own twists and turns and drama. But, the story also gives us a clearer picture of racism and antisemitism in America during the 70s and 80s, racism and antisemitism that fueled the Ku Klux Klan and other similar organizations. It is the picture of an ugly America.

[Spoiler Alert] When Spike Lee first saw the pictures that came out of Charlottesville, just one year prior to the opening of the film, he knew that these pictures - the pictures of the marchers, the pictures of the violence - and the comments of President Trump and David Duke, would be the final scenes of his movie. What we see in these images of Charlottesville is a picture of an America that is just as ugly as the one shown throughout most of the movie. Things haven't changed much in the 30 or so years since Ron Stallworth's story.

Justice, democracy, and human decency are fragile flowers that must be nourished at every moment. …

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