We’re looking at each of the Oscar Nominees for Best Picture this week. Today we take a look back at BlacKkKlansman, a film that undoubtedly deserves every single nomination.
During the 1970’s, Ron Stallworth, a black police officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department, successfully infiltrated the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. He worked undercover with a white police officer who would go to meetings and ceremonies in person, but Stallworth would cover any communication over the phone. During the investigation, Stallworth was able to get in contact with the leader of the Klan, David Duke, and speak with him over the phone. This helped expedite his membership into the Klan and establish his legitimacy during the investigation. These events actually happened and are now the subject of Spike Lee’s latest film BlacKkKlansman.