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How A Black Cop Actually Infiltrated The KKK In The '70s, According To Ron Stallworth Himself

One can be forgiven for thinking the “true story” behind BlacKkKlansman, the 2018 Spike Lee film, was a work of fiction. The film follows a Black police officer as he infiltrates and investigates the KKK in the late ‘70s. Though it sounds like an outlandish premise, that’s exactly what Colorado Springs Police Department detective Ron Stallworth did. Stallworth is the film’s protagonist, and he’s played by John David Washington.

The movie, which is based on a book written by Stallworth, tells his story with relative accuracy – for Hollywood, that is. While the film does take some notable deviations from reality, they’re mostly for plot-related reasons and they do nothing to diminish the undeniable truth: Detective Stallworth’s investigation remains one of the most ironically vengeful acts of deception in modern history, and a story more than worthy of a little mythologizing.

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