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Među bijelim nadmoćnim članovima Ku Klux Klana, Ron Stallworth se isticao iz nekoliko razloga: bio je tajni oficir i bio je crnac. U jesen 1978. godine, u policijskoj upravi Colorado Springs, Stallworth je u lokalnim novinama vidio oglas u kojem se poziva na nove članove Klana. Zaintrigiran, poslao je pismo svojim pravim imenom, očekujući samo brošuru ili pamflet kao odgovor.

"Rekao sam mu da mrzim ... svakoga ko nije čisti arijevski bijelac poput mene", kaže Stallworth opisujući sadržaj pisma.

Otprilike nedelju ili dve kasnije, primio je telefonski poziv direktno od Kena O'Della, organizatora poglavlja KKK -a u Colorado Springsu. Taj poziv započeo bi zapanjujuću, sedmomjesečnu tajnu operaciju koja bi odvela Stallwortha u zečju rupu jedne od najozloglašenijih grupa mržnje u istoriji.

Poziv je došao neočekivano, međutim Stallworth je odigrao ono što je već napisano u pismu. On je to još dodao, stvarajući sestru koja je hodala s crncem i rekla "svaki put kad stavi svoje prljave crne ruke na njeno čisto bijelo tijelo, naježim se". To je sve što je O'Dell -u trebalo da se dopadne Stallworthovom liku i zatraži lični sastanak.

Naravno, ovo je predstavljalo dilemu za Stallwortha. Kad je O'Dell pitao kako bi ga mogao prepoznati na mjestu sastanka, opisao je bijelog tajnog detektiva za narkotike u svom odjeljenju sa sličnom građom, čovjeka kojeg Stallworth naziva Chuck.

Lažni, bijeli Ron Stallworth izlazio bi na sastanke radi prikupljanja obavještajnih podataka dok je nosio žicu, dok bi stvarni Ron Stallworth upravljao svim pozivima i ispunjavao svog partnera. I iako su Chuck i Stallworth imali vrlo različite glasove, Klan nikada nije uhvatio vijest o istrazi.

Kako se tajna operacija nastavljala, Stallworth se preko telefona našao u kontaktu s Davidom Dukeom, vođom i velikim čarobnjakom KKK. Putevi su im se ukrstili kada je Stallworth nazvao Dukea da provjeri njegovu prijavu za članstvo. Nakon što se Duke javio, početni 15-minutni razgovor postao je sedmični razgovor između njih dvojice, pri čemu je Duke nesvjesno uspostavio vezu s crncem.

Tokom jednog ironičnog telefonskog razgovora, Duke je rekao Stallworthu kako bi mogao reći da li je osoba s kojom je razgovarao crna po njihovoj upotrebi određenih riječi. Duke je tvrdio da je riječ "su" posebno davanje. Duke je rekao Stallworthu da ga crnci izgovaraju kao "are-rah" za razliku od "jesu".

"I od tog trenutka kad god bih ga pozvao, rekao bih 'Zdravo, gospodine Duke, kako ste-ah, kako ste?'", Kaže zabavno Stallworth. "U osnovi bih to iskoristio da se zezam činjenicom da je mislio da je toliko inteligentan sam po sebi da crnac ne može navući prevaru na njega i cijelo vrijeme se pravio budala."

Nije to bio jedini put da je Stallworth prevario Dukea. Kako je sudbina htjela, Stallworth je morao raditi kao Dukeov tjelohranitelj u siječnju 1979. godine, kada je došao u Colorado da regrutira nove članove. Uprkos primedbama na račun njegovog šefa policije da bi mu taj zadatak mogao uništiti istragu, tajni Klansman bio je jedini policajac u obavještajnom odjelu koji je bio na raspolaganju za taj posao.

Kad su se njih dvoje upoznali licem u lice, Stallworth je jasno rekao da se ne slaže s Dukeovim ideologijama, ali da će ga štititi kako mu dužnost nalaže. Duke je, začudo, bio vrlo srdačan u njihovom susretu, čak se i rukovao sa Stallworthom. Rukovanje koje je Duke pružio bilo je službeno rukovanje Klana - stavljajući kažiprst i srednji prst uz zglob druge osobe i mrdnući prstima dok se tresete. Većina članova koji nisu članovi klana vjerovatno ne bi ni primijetili da je Duke koristio posebno rukovanje-ali je Stallworth bio svjestan.

Duke nikada nije prepoznao Stallworthov glas, a prije nego što se par razdvojio, zajednički su snimili svoju fotografiju. U posljednjoj sekundi, Stallworth je zagrlio Dukea, zbog čega je vođa Klana na trenutak pocrveneo od bijesa.

Nakon sedam mjeseci, istraga je privedena kraju kada je O’Dell nominirao Stallwortha da postane vođa poglavlja jer je lojalan i posvećen klansman. Razvoj je doveo do toga da je načelnik obustavio istragu prije nego što je mogla ići dalje. Kao rezultat operacije, nekoliko članova Klana identificirano je kao regruti vojske, iako nijedan nije uhapšen.

Istraga u cjelini držana je u tajnosti do intervjua koji je Stallworth dao 2006. On je nastavio objavljivati ​​knjigu, Crni Klansman, detaljno opisujući istragu, a od knjige je sada napravljen film, BlacKkKlansman, od Spike Lee.


Crni detektiv koji se infiltrirao u Ku Klux Klan

Lokalni vođa KKK -a mislio je da je pronašao entuzijastičnog novaka. U stvari, on je nenamjerno prijavio crnog policajca. Ron Stallworth otkriva često smiješnu sagu koja je sada postala film o Spajku Liju

Zadnja izmjena dana ponedjeljka, 6. augusta 2018. u 19.51 BST

Krajem listopada 1978. godine u Colorado Springsu Ken O'Dell, član ormara tek nastalog Ku Klux Klana, prima ohrabrujući znak da njegova strategija postavljanja oglasa u lični odjeljak lokalnih novina za nove regrute ima postigao je određeni uspjeh. Ken je dobio pismo od čovjeka po imenu Ron Stallworth. Ron, kaže u svom pismu, želi "unaprijediti uzrok bijele rase" - i pridružiti se Klanu. Ubrzo dvojica muškaraca stupaju u oduševljeni telefonski kontakt. Ken, koji mrzi crnce, Židove, katolike i bilo koju drugu manjinu koje se sjeti, vidi Rona kao srodnu dušu. Zaista, Ken je toliko impresioniran Ronom da će se u narednim mjesecima ne samo pobrinuti da Ron dobije članstvo i pun pristup Klanu, već će ga čak prozvati i kao budućeg vođu lokalnog poglavlja. Nažalost za Kena, postoji nekoliko stvari o Ronu koje on ne poznaje - a znat će tek 28 godina kasnije kada ih Ron otkriva u novinskom intervjuu. Prvo, Ron je policajac na tajnom zadatku. Drugo - i ovo uvijek uspijeva razbiti Rona svaki put kad mu padne na pamet - Ron je crn. "Bilo mi je jako zabavno", kaže on.

Priču o tome kako se crni policajac infiltrirao u KKK isprva je toliko teško obmotati vaš um da možete zapitati kako je to moguće. No, kad uzmete u obzir stanje tehnologije kasnih 1970 -ih, postaje lakše razumjeti kako je takav smion i uzbudljiv policijski ubod uopće mogao nastati. Nema interneta, nema pametnih telefona: oživjele podzemne terorističke organizacije moraju se osloniti na pisanje pisama i telefonske pozive za svoju tajnu komunikaciju. Ken nikako ne može znati, na primjer, da glas s druge strane telefonske linije, koji se širi protiv "robova" i "blatnih ljudi", pripada bilo kome osim onom što Ken voli nazivati ​​"inteligentnim bijelcem" - poput sebe . Ken pada na to.

"Na sreću ljudi sa kojima sam imao posla nisu bile najsjajnije sijalice u utičnici", kaže Ron. Ono što se zatim dogodilo je najponosniji, najskriveniji trenutak njegove karijere u provođenju zakona. “Bilo je toliko urnebesno smiješno da se to čak i dogodilo. Ali koliko god smiješno bilo, to smo ozbiljno shvatili istragu - jer je namjera Klana bila vrlo ozbiljna. "

Naišla sam na Ronovu priču prošle godine u članku napisanom 2006. godine u Deseret News, novine iz Jute. Ron je bio poznat po tome što je osnovao prvu državnu radnu grupu za bande, ali na pitanje da navede svoje najznačajnije dostignuće u karijeri, ispustio je bombu i rekao: "Godina kada sam bio na tajnom zadatku s KKK -om." Priča je postala viralna.

Pratio sam Rona Stallwortha u El Pasu u Teksasu, pograničnom gradu u kojem je odrastao. Ron, sada 65, živi ugodnim bračnim životom. On je u penziji, iako je i dalje duboko odan policiji, i u njemu se osjeća mrzovoljna pobuna: "Nije me briga šta oni misle", kaže mirno kad ga pitam šta su njegove bivše kolege, njegovi roditelji, KKK , svjetski proizvođač njegovog nadzora ili bilo čega drugog. Ron je imao 21 godinu kada se pridružio policiji kao patrolni oficir - jedina crna osoba koja je radila u cijelom odjelu. Četiri godine kasnije, istraga o Klanu izbila je na pamet, što je bio dar za energičnog i ambicioznog mladog policajca. U jednom trenutku našeg razgovora otvara svoj novčanik kako bi mi pokazao uspomenu: svoju člansku kartu Klana, izdatu 1979. Naređeno mu je, po njenom okončanju, da uništi sve dokaze istrage, ali tipično je za Ronovu pobunjeničku prirodu da ima svejedno zadržao karticu.

Tokom godina o njegovoj priči o filmu se pričalo - to se nikada nije dogodilo. No, malo prije nego što sam prvi put stupio u kontakt s Ronom, redatelj Spike Lee konačno je dao zeleno svjetlo projektu. Ron mi kaže da je vrlo uzbuđen, "pomalo preplavljen", što ga filmski reditelj leti u New York na čitanje njegove ekranizacije Ronovog života. "Spajk je bio veoma poštovan, rekao je da cijeni moje mišljenje." BlacKkKlansman Lee će se vratiti u formu, predviđaju kritičari: snažan kandidat za film godine koji izlazi sljedećeg mjeseca. Lee je glumio Johna Davida Washingtona kao mlađeg Rona. Stariji Ron priznaje da je, kao obožavatelj Denzela Washingtona, uzbuđen što vidi što će glumčev sin učiniti s ulogom.

Zbunjujuće je da je trebalo više od dvije decenije da se tako zapanjujuća priča adaptira. "To ne bi bilo moguće da Trump nije okupirao Bijelu kuću" (Ron neće udostojiti sadašnjeg aktuelnog s riječju "predsjednik"): Charlottesville, gdje su se u kolovozu neonacisti i bijeli nacionalisti sukobili sa fašistički demonstranti, ubrzali Leejevu utrku da film završi. Postavlja se pitanje, kako se Ron, crnac, mogao ugraditi u bijelu nadmoćnu organizaciju? Šta se dogodilo kada je morao sresti ove ljude u tijelu? "Zvao sam prijatelja Chucka", kaže Ron.

Nikada nije ni bilo namjera da bude ubod, objašnjava Ron. Policija je u to vrijeme bila zabrinuta i htjela je saznati više o aktivnostima Klana, pa je Ron napravio domaći zadatak. "Kada sam vidio taj oglas u novinama, odgovorio sam, misleći da će mi samo poslati neke brošure." Umjesto toga, Ken O'Dell ga je nazvao izravno, identificirajući se kao lokalni organizator "The Cause". Ron nije bio spreman za taj telefonski poziv, ali imao je dovoljno uma da u svoje pismo unese broj koji se ne može pratiti i koji se dostavljao direktno policiji. Međutim, napravio je i dvije greške zavijanja: svoje pismo na oglas za KKK potpisao je svojim imenom, a "prekršio sam najosnovnije pravilo od svih i to je bio slučaj bez plana operacije." Razgovarajući s Kenom prvi put, Ron je improvizirao najbolje što je mogao: "Moja sestra je nedavno bila u vezi sa crncem", ljutito je rekao Ron Ken tokom telefonskog poziva, "i svaki put kad pomislim na to da je svoje prljave crne ruke stavio na nju bijelo tijelo mi se zgadi i poželi mi želudac. ” "Vi ste osoba koju tražimo", rekao je Ken. "Kada se možemo sresti?"

Chuck sada ulazi, pozornica lijevo. Ron je odlučio da moraju postojati dva Rona Stallwortha: crna verzija (on sam) koji će nastaviti pismenu prepisku i upravljati telefonskom linijom koja se ne može pratiti i bijela verzija, Chuck, Ronov prijatelj koji je radio u odjelu za narkotike, koji će se baviti KKK-ovi susreti ogrtača i bodeža kada su se pojavili.

Chuck je bio igra, ali viši kadar bio je protiv te ideje, tvrdeći: "Znat će da si crnac po zvuku tvoga glasa." Ron objašnjava kako je američko provođenje zakona u to vrijeme bilo pomalo zbunjeno između vlastitih predrasuda i svoje odlučnosti da se izbori sa zločinima iz mržnje. Nije želio ponoviti nerede kasnih 1960 -ih i ranih 70 -ih. Bijele nadmoćne grupe i, na drugoj krajnosti, Crni panteri, tajno ili ne, zagovarali su oružanu borbu. U Denveru, Klan je nedavno spalio nekoliko krstova od 14 stopa na strateškim lokacijama. Crnac koji je pratio bijelu ženu do bioskopa je ubijen. Antisemitizam je bio u porastu. Afroamerikancima nije bilo dobro što se Ron pridružio policiji, kaže: "Bio sam previše" bijel ", previše" plav "" njegove bijele kolege su u međuvremenu zinule u njegov Afro.

Ron Stallworth u patrolnoj uniformi. Afroamerikancima nije bilo dobro što se Ron pridružio policiji, kaže: "Bio sam previše" bijel ", previše" plav "", a njegove bijele kolege zinule su u njegov Afro

"Nije me bilo briga, i još uvijek me briga šta neko misli", kaže Ron. On je šarmirao i buldožerio moći koje nije svaka crna osoba "izbacila", niti se bavila kriminalnim ponašanjem. "Nisu gajili netrpeljivost protiv mene lično, ali nisu došli do tačke u kojoj su mogli vidjeti svoje stereotipe."

Trgovina mješovite robe i bicikala na glavnoj ulici u Colorado Springsu više nije tu, ali gostionica Kwik i dalje stoji. Zalogajnica iz 1950 -ih, izgleda baš onako kako je izgledala kada ju je Ken odabrao za mjesto svog prvog susreta s Ronom. Trebao je doći tamo u 19:00, gdje će ga dočekati mršavi bijeli muškarac koji puši cigarete s brcima iz Fu Manchua, koji će ga odvesti na tajnu lokaciju kako bi razgovarali o Ronovoj podobnosti za članstvo u Klanu. Chuck, "bijeli Ron", krenuo je, ožičen, sa crnim Ronom i drugim istražiteljem narkotika po imenu Jimmy koji prati njegove kretnje iz vozila za nadzor.

Otprilike milju ili nešto kasnije, mršavi pušač cigara zaustavio se ispred ronilačkog bara koji je lokalni Klan koristio kao centar za zapošljavanje. Ken je bio unutra s drugim čovjekom, a Ronu je bio član Klana. Ken je imao 28 godina, nizak i zdepast - vojnik. Vojna baza, Fort Carson, nalazila se na kratkoj vožnji. Ken se hvalio da je pod njim Crusader, novine Klan, sada su kružile po zatvorima u Koloradu, a vojno osoblje se potajno pridruživalo. Ono što je svakako istina je da su se mnogi bijeli vojnici zamjerili novom prisustvu crnaca među svojim oficirima - savršena prilika za Klan da proširi svoju bazu. Ken je bio zadovoljan što Ron nema "nikakvog Židova u sebi", i objasnio je da članstvo košta 10 dolara, ali su novoprimljeni morali dodatno platiti ogrtač i ogrtač.

Često je bilo, kaže Ron, vrlo teško ne puknuti od smijeha zbog lakovjernosti i sitničavosti članova Klana. Vraćajući se u policijsku stanicu, prisjeća se, "Moj narednik bi se ponekad toliko smijao da bi se morao ispričati iz sobe."

Samo jednom su članovi Klana postali sumnjičavi. “Chuck je bio na sastanku s članovima Klana i bilo je nešto što sam htio pratiti pa sam par sati nakon što je Chuck napustio sastanak nazvao Kena. Odmah je rekao: ‘Šta nije u redu s tvojim glasom?’ Pa sam se malo nakašljao i rekao da imam infekciju sinusa. Ken mi je prepisao lijek. Rekao je: ‘Stalno ih dobijam.’ ”

Što je istraga dublja, manje su smiješni postali nesposobni klanovi. Ubrzo nakon tog prvog sastanka, Ken je nazvao Rona da ga pozove u svoju kuću. Ken i mala grupa "gubitnika" (Ronove riječi) bili su okupljeni u dnevnoj sobi, uključujući zamjenika grupe, njenog blagajnika i tjelohranitelja. Raspravljalo se i finaliziralo planove za spaljivanje četiri križa od 17 stopa: svi u grupi su se složili da bi to bilo duboko dirljivo vjersko iskustvo. Javno, Klan je bio protiv nasilja. Ken je White Ronu obišao svoj lični arsenal, koji je uključivao 13 sačmarica, plus oružje koje je nosio u svojim vozilima.

Kao posebne goste na svom sljedećem sastanku, Ken je pozvao vođe moćne nacističke grupe za preživljavanje, Posse Comitatus. Zajedno su gledali projekciju nacionalističkog filma i razgovarali o saradnji na terorističkim aktivnostima.

David Duke, bijeli nadmoćni političar i poricatelj holokausta, i dalje je utjecajna osoba u američkom političkom životu. U maju je optužio Trumpa da je „ukrao“ njegov slogan „Izgradite zid“, koji je skovao 1970 -ih. U vrijeme Ronove istrage, Duke je bio novopostavljeni vođa ili veliki čarobnjak Klana: čist i razuman čovjek „Bio je doktor Jekyll, ali bi se u privatnim razgovorima pretvorio u gospodina Hydea“, sjeća se Ron. U ključnom napretku u slučaju, Ron je stavljen na Dukea da provjeri status njegove članske karte.

Duke je PR čovjek do srži. Po mišljenju krajnje desnice, njegovo najveće postignuće bilo je odavanje poštovanja KKK -u, zabrana njegovih članova da nose kapuljače i ogrtače u javnosti, te usklađivanje "Uzroka" s temeljnim kršćanstvom i nezadovoljstvom vladom. "Duke je bio prevarant", kaže Ron. "Pojavio se kao američki dječak koji bi svaka majka poželjela kćerki za maturalnu zabavu." "Rasna čistoća je američka sigurnost" slogan je koji je koristio dok se kandidovao za senatora države Louisiana - kao demokrata.

Ron je telefonski uspostavio prijateljski odnos s Dukeom. Opisuje ga kao "vrlo ugodnog sugovornika". Vojvoda je predvodio Chuckovu svečanu ceremoniju naturalizacije uz svijeće. "Smijem se cijelo vrijeme zbog naše istrage, posebno zbog toga što sam napravio budalu od Davida Dukea, koji voli misliti da nemam inteligenciju majmuna jer misli da sam genetski inferioran", kaže Ron. "Kako sam prevario Velikog čarobnjaka, Davida Dukea i njegovu skupinu sljedbenika ... To me je definiralo na načine koje nikada nisam mogao zamisliti."

Koliko je Ronova priča fascinantna, što je on zapravo postigao? Ubod nikada nije rezultirao hapšenjem i kada je, nakon nekoliko mjeseci, Klan neočekivano nominovao Rona za svog vođu lokalne grupe, bio je primoran da obustavi istragu. Ako bi priča izašla na vidjelo, policija Kolorada zabrinula se da će to biti pogrešno protumačeno: 1920 -ih, šef policije Denvera bio je Klansman. No, svojim su radom Chuck i Ron osujetili neonacističku zavjeru kako bi bombardirali gej bar i identificirali sedam pripadnika vojske Klansmana. Otkrili su gdje lokalni Klan čuva svoj novac. Ron je također otkrio obavještajne podatke o nasilnim spletkama među crnim ekstremistima.

Sredinom 1979. istraga je okončana. Godinu dana kasnije, Duke je napustio Klan i osnovao Nacionalno udruženje za napredak bijelaca. Ron je karijeru u provođenju zakona pratio u Wyomingu, Arizoni i Utahu, specijalizirajući se za bande. Kada se penzionisao 2006., dao je taj bombastični intervju za novine. FBI ga je nazvao nakon što je članak postao viralan: Ronovo ime, slika i navodna kućna adresa objavljeni su na bijelim nadmoćnim web stranicama. "Nakon toga sam ponovo počeo nositi pištolj", kaže mi. Je li se uplašio? “Nikada se nisam plašio bijelaca. Kao dijete, ako bi me neko nazivao crnčugom, moja bi majka rekla: 'Nadam se da si ga razbio!' ”

Ron kaže da se 1970 -ih bijeli ekstremizam smatrao čudnim i fanatičnim, ali šokiran je što je sada postao mainstream. "Da je neko tada to predvidio, rekao bih da su poludjeli", kaže on. “Uvijek smo na javnim funkcijama imali ljude koji su bili više sredina. Oni rade zajedno. Trump, koji je milijarder, "obrazovan čovjek", u suštini ima istu poruku koju je Duke imao na telefonu. Sama činjenica da izjednačava neonaciste [nakon Charlottesvillea] kao "vrlo dobre ljude ..."

Što se tiče filma, on kaže: "Spajkov stav o knjizi je prilično tačan", kaže Ron. "Dobio sam veliku radost što sam ispričao svoju priču." Mogu ga čuti kako se smiješi na drugom kraju telefona.

Ovaj članak je izmijenjen 25. jula 2018. kako bi se ispravio naslov novina u Utahu: Deseret News, ne Desert News.


Film Spajka Leea o crnom policajcu koji se infiltrirao u KKK podtweet je Donalda Trumpa

NJUJORK - Spajk Li već nekoliko minuta razmišlja o tome: Nije li smiješno to što ljudi nazivaju fudbalere nedostojnima življenja u ovoj zemlji zato što su klečali za vrijeme himne, kaže on, kada je prvi Amerikanac poginuo u ratu za nezavisnost je li bio crnac?

"Dakle, niko ne može reći crncima da idu negdje drugdje", zaključuje on. "Uz genocid nad Indijancima, ova zemlja je izgrađena bez ropstva."

Sjedeći na jarko ljubičastom kauču u uredu svoje kompanije u Brooklynu, 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks, Lee na kraju zastaje. Sve se svodi na ljubav naspram mržnje, kaže - oduvijek je bilo. Zato su se dvije riječi pojavile na prstima prstiju Radio Raheema, izmišljenog lika koji su ubili policajci na vrhuncu Leejevog filma iz 1989. "Uradi pravu stvar". Neki tvrde da je Lee na kutiji sapuna, ali on zaista samo želi biti s ljubavne strane povijesti.

Provokativni filmaš (61) nedavno se suočio s preprekama u svojoj vječnoj težnji ka tom cilju: "Da slatka krv Isusova" otvorio se manje nego mlakom aplauzu 2014. godine, a satirični prikaz nasilja u "Chi-Raqu" iz 2015. uvrijeđen neki domoroci iz Čikaga. Ali najnoviji spoj Spikea Leeja, "BlacKkKlansman", pokušava uhvatiti rasnu napetost s istom jasnoćom "Učini ispravnu stvar", koju je Roger Ebert napisao "bliže je odražavanju trenutnog stanja rasnih odnosa u Americi nego bilo koji drugi film o naše vreme. ” Samo ovaj put pokušava to učiniti koristeći priču iz prošlosti.

"BlacKkKlansman", koji je u maju osvojio prestižnu nagradu Grand Prix filmskog festivala u Cannesu, priča stvarnu priču o crnom policajcu iz Colorado Springsa po imenu Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) koji se infiltrirao u Ku Klux Klan kasnih 1970-ih pretvarajući se da je biti bijelac preko telefona. Ali također povezuje Klanov rasizam s onim što je potaknulo prošlogodišnje skupove u Charlottesvilleu, pa čak i direktno napada Trumpovu administraciju zbog ovjekovječenja takvog ponašanja.

Lee je tijekom projekta držao tako "precizna mišljenja", kaže koautor Kevin Willmott, zbog čega se današnja budalaština čini razmjerno raštrkanom. Često zastaje usred rečenica, gledajući kroz narančaste naočale debelih okvira. Jednostavno previše zuji u njegovom umu. S njegova mjesta, licemjerje među onima na vlasti, nazvano "prodavač zmijskog ulja", dostiglo je gotovo nedokučiv nivo.


BlacKkKlansman: Crnac koji je preuzeo Klana

U oktobru 1978. Ron Stallworth, prvi crni detektiv u istoriji Policijske uprave Colorado Springs, vidio je oglas u jednom od gradskih dnevnih novina.

Oglas je pozvao čitaoce zainteresovane za dobijanje informacija od Ku Klux Klana da pišu na poštanski pretinac koji se nalazi u obližnjem gradu.

Stallworth, iz radoznalosti, napisao je poruku u poštanski sandučić pod svojim imenom. U njemu je tvrdio da je bijelac koji je želio saznati više o aktivnostima KKK -a.

Dvije sedmice kasnije primio je telefonski poziv od lokalnog organizatora Klan's Colorado Springs poglavlja, pitajući ga zašto se želi pridružiti.

Od ovih spekulativnih početaka proizašla je odvažna tajna istraga, koja se prvo vodila telefonom, ali je na kraju uključivala kontakt licem u lice.

To je dovelo do toga da se jedan od bijelih kolega iz Stallworth -a lažno predstavljao s takvim uspjehom, pa je pozvan da postane vođa lokalnog odjeljenja Klana.

To je također dovelo do izlaganja bijelih nadmoćnika u vojsci, osujećivanja brojnih planiranih unakrsnih spaljivanja i Stallworth je postao član jedne od najmraženijih američkih organizacija.

Većina preziranih, da. Najsjajniji, ne. Ni u jednom trenutku tokom istrage o Stallworthu njegovi kolege vitezovi iz Ku Klux Klana nisu posumnjali da čovjek s kojim su razgovarali telefonom i čovjek koji je prisustvovao njihovim sastancima nisu bili ista osoba.

Njihova omiljena metoda paljenja drvenih raspela natopljenih kerozinom u međuvremenu je doslovno inspirirana nečim što su vidjeli u filmu.

Izvan istrage, Stallworth se našao u neobičnoj poziciji pružanja lične zaštite Davidu Dukeu, bivšem velikom čarobnjaku KKK.

Tokom njihovog pomalo hladnog susreta, Duke nije imao pojma da je policijski detektiv u vezi sa njegovim sigurnosnim podacima Ron Stallworth s kojim je prijateljski razgovarao telefonom.

Duke se, naime, jednom pohvalio da je mogao odmah identificirati rasu osobe po tome kako su govorili - primjedba koju je Stallworth rekao da ga je "skroz nasmijao"

Zvuči kao otkačena šala, izvedena s elanom i odvažna. Ipak, simpatije i osjećaji koje je Stallworth umiješao u razotkrivanje nisu smiješno.

Prije godinu dana ovog mjeseca, 32-godišnja Heather Heyer ubijena je u Charlottesvilleu u Virdžiniji kada je bijeli nacionalistički vozač ubio svoj automobil u gomilu ljudi koji su protestovali protiv skupa krajnje desnice.

Snimci incidenta prikazani su na kraju filma Spikea Leeja##27, koji dokazuje da rasizam i netrpeljivost izražene od Stallworthovih nenamjernih zabluda nisu nestali.

"Morali smo povezati dvije ere", kaže Lee za BBC. & quotDa biste ispričali ovu priču na najbolji mogući način, to ne može biti samo period koji je smješten u 1970 -e.

& quotOd samog početka željeli smo u to ubaciti dovoljno stvari za koje bi ljudi pomislili 'hej, ovo se događa danas '. & quot

"Toliko je važno da je Spajk napravio ovaj film", kaže glumica Laura Harrier, koja igra studentsku aktivistkinju, koja započinje romansu sa ekranom Stallworth.

& quotMi se još uvijek borimo protiv rasizma i mržnje u cijelom svijetu, a snimci na kraju filma jasno pokazuju koliko je to pravovremeno. & quot

Harrierov lik Patricea je afro-sportska fikcija koja se ne pojavljuje u memoarima iz 2014. na kojima se temelji film Lee 's.

Ne radi ni Flip Zimmerman, filmska verzija detektiva iz stvarnog života koji je postao Stallworthov zamjenik u prilikama kada je bila potrebna njegova bijela verzija.

Adam Driver, koji glumi Flip u BlacKkKlansmanu, priznaje da treba povući paralele između glumačkog posla i otkrivanja tajnih podataka.

"Razlika je u tome što se s jednim pretvarate da su ulozi život i smrt, a s drugim zapravo jesu", pojašnjava. "Ulozi ne mogu biti veći."

Pravi Stallworth je na kraju napustio Colorado kako bi postao istražitelj u Utahu, gdje je postao priznati stručnjak za korelaciju između gangsterske rap muzike i kulture ulične bande.

Penzionisao se 2005. godine, nakon čega je napisao memoare u kojima je vidio prijetnje smrću od ogorčenih bijelih nadmoćnika.

"Znam da je, uprkos mojim različitim uspjesima u karijeri, uvijek uzbudljiva i intrigirana istraga KKK -a", piše on na kraju svoje knjige.

"Definisao me je na nezamislive načine i uvijek je fascinirao one koji čuju njegovu priču."

BlacKkKlansman izlazi u Velikoj Britaniji 24. avgusta. BlacKkKlansman: Race, Hate, and Undercover Investigation of Lifetime od Rona Stallwortha objavljuje Arrow Books.


Kako se crni detektiv infiltrirao u KKK

Ron Stallworth (na slici ovdje 1975.) bio je prvi crni detektiv u istoriji policijske uprave Colorado Springs.

Ljubaznošću Rona Stallwortha

1978. godine, Ron Stallworth je radio kao detektiv u policijskoj upravi Colorado Springs, kada je naišao na tajni oglas kako bi saznao više o Ku Klux Klanu - i odgovorio na njega. Dve nedelje kasnije, dobio je poziv na liniji tajnih operacija policije. Bio je to lokalni organizator KKK -a. Pitao je zašto se Stallworth želi pridružiti Klanu.

"Rekao sam da se želim pridružiti jer sam bio čisti, arijevski, bijeli čovjek koji je bio umoran od zlostavljanja bijele rase od strane crnaca i drugih manjina", prisjeća se Stallworth.

Ali Stallworth - visoko odlikovani veteran policije - zapravo je crnac. U svojim novim memoarima, Crni Klansman, priča priču o tome kako je nagovorio Ku Klux Klan da pomisli da je jedan od njih. (Kao što možete zamisliti, ovaj razgovor uključuje neki rasistički jezik.)

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O tome zašto je policijska uprava Colorado Springs istraživala Klan

Moj posao kao obavještajnog oficira, detektiva, bio je nadzirati svaku subverzivnu aktivnost koja bi mogla negativno utjecati na grad Colorado Springs. Da se razumijemo, Ku Klux Klan je povijesno subverzivna grupa. . I kad sam vidio oglas u novinama, očigledno sam se priklonio ovoj činjenici i pokušao da je riješim, da je razumijem.

O tome kako se infiltrirao u Klan

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Kad ste odrasli i mnogo puta u životu vas nazivali "crnčugom", pa ste zbog rase bili tretirani negativno, nije teško to učiniti. .

Gambit je bio: Očigledno, kao crnac afričkog porijekla, nisam mogao sresti bijelog nadmoćnika koji se predstavljao kao član KKK. Tako da sam morao miješati bijelog oficira u mješavinu koji se predstavljao kao Ron Stallworth. Tako sam dobio prijatelja prijatelja detektiva za tajne poslove u vezi s narkoticima - u knjizi je identifikovan kao Chuck, to mu nije pravo ime - ali Chuck se predstavljao kao ja. I za prvi sastanak, dao sam mu bilo koju identifikaciju koju sam imao minus fotografiju, tako da ako ga pitaju da sam ja, mogao ih je izvući i, znate, uvjeriti ih. I uspjelo je. To smo radili sedam i po mjeseci.

Na organizatoru Klana s kojim je on i njegov partner komunicirali

Ken O'dell, lokalni organizator s kojim sam odgovorila na prvi telefonski poziv, bio je vojnik u Fort Carsonu, Kolorado, oko 5 '9 ", zdepast. Nije bio - niko od ovih momaka nije bio, kao što sam rekao u moja knjiga, najsjajnije sijalice u utičnici. Jer da jesu, znali bi da razgovaraju s dvije različite osobe - jednom na telefonu, a drugom osobno - jer moj glas i Chuckov glas ne zvuče ništa slično. Ali oni nikada to nisam shvatio u sedam i po mjeseci telefonskih razgovora i povremenih sastanaka licem u lice s Chuckom.

Na sastanku sa tadašnjim vođom KKK Davidom Dukeom i primivši od njega rukovanje Klana

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Kako je jedan čovjek uvjerio 200 članova Ku Klux Klana da se odreknu svoje odjeće

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Zašto KKK dopire dalje od bijelaca

Kodni prekidač

Tragom mračnog porijekla Charlottesvilleovog KKK -a

David Duke došao je u grad u januaru radi publiciteta. On će se pojaviti na nekoliko radio stanica, TV stanica koje će voditi debatu sa profesorom istorije crnaca. . Dobijao je prijetnje smrću. Moj načelnik me nazvao ujutro kad se pojavio u Colorado Springsu, a moj načelnik mi je rekao da me dodjeljuje da budem tjelohranitelj Davida Dukea zbog prijetnji smrću.

Upoznala sam Davida Dukea i predstavila se ne rekavši mu svoje ime. Jednostavno sam rekao: "Ja sam detektiv u policijskoj upravi Colorado Springs." I tada sam mu rekao: "Ne vjerujem u tvoju filozofiju ili tvoju političku ideologiju, ali ja sam profesionalac i učinit ću sve što je u mojoj moći da osiguram tvoju sigurnost dok si u mom gradu."

Bio je vrlo srdačan. Stisnuo mi je ruku. Dao mi je rukovanje Klana - nije znao da znam da je to rukovanje Klanom, ali dao mi ga je. If you shake a person's hand and you extend your index and middle finger along their wrist and as you're pumping their hand you start pressing your fingers in their wrist area, it's the Klan handshake. .

When he was not talking about race, David Duke was a very pleasant guy to talk to. He was a very nice conversationalist. He seemed like a regular guy on the phone when the subject wasn't on race and on Jews and ethnicity. When that subject came around, the Dr. Jekyll in him left and Mr. Hyde appeared — the monster appeared.

On what he learned about the KKK

Well one thing I learned is that they're very serious about their objective, their agenda. They truly believe that they, as white people, are inherently superior to blacks, Jews and other minorities. That was part of David Duke's agenda, is to turn the Klan from a racist organization in the eyes of the public into something that is respectable and acceptable. And sadly to say, with the gentleman we have in the White House, part of that has been accomplished.

There is a historical thread from the David Duke that I dealt with and what he was saying — his approach to immigration and other issues impacting the country — a connection between him and what Donald Trump campaigned on and what Donald Trump is a governing by. That historical thread is quite obvious if you sit back and connect the dots. I connect them a little bit in my book. It is addressed in the movie. But in many respects, David Duke was the playbook. He established the playbook by which Donald Trump ran and ultimately became — I won't even use the term — let's just say he became the occupant of the White House.

Hiba Ahmad and Barrie Hardymon produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Nicole Cohen adapted it for the Web.


Ron Stallworth Gets Into Law Enforcemnt

Ever since the Ku Klux Klan formed in 1865, the white supremacy group’s level of power has gone through waves. As a reaction to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, the KKK in the 1970s had a strong following. They murdered civil rights workers and planted firebombs on school buses. There was the Greensboro massacre, where five protesters were killed by KKK members in North Carolina.

And then there was Ron Stallworth.

It was the summer of 1972 when 19-year-old Ron Stallworth moved from El Paso, Texas to Colorado Springs, Colorado. As he was already interested in a law enforcement career, he enrolled in a cadet program designed to bring more minorities into the department. He ended up being the first black cadet in the program

YouTube Ron Stallworth today.

The department didn’t meet him with open arms. His interview panel told him that he’d be challenged, that the environment would be hostile, and essentially said he’d be the “Jackie Robinson” of the department.

But Ron Stallworth completed the cadet program and became the department’s youngest and first black detective at 22. He wasn’t into the uniforms though and even as a cadet, he knew he wanted to do undercover work.

“When I first saw the narcotics officers walking around—these guys with long beards and long hair looking like San Francisco hippies—I liked the fact that these guys were actually cops wearing guns, carrying badges. I thought that was the neatest thing, to look like that and be a police officer,” he said.

Whenever Stallworth saw the sergeant in charge of narcotics he’d say, “Hey, Art, make me a narc!”

He got his first shot at undercover work when Stokely Carmichael, the Black Panther activist, came to town to give a speech. Stallworth was asked to listen in and report anything interesting. “It was my first brush with living black history,” said Stallworth, who described Carmichael as a “fiery, bombastic speaker.”


The true story behind BlacKkKlansman: How a black police detective infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan

Ron Stallworth was the first African-American detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department — and a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

His membership was part of an undercover investigation in the late 1970s, which uncovered links between the KKK and armed hate groups across the U.S.

Njegova knjiga Black Klansman: A Memoir was the basis for Spike Lee's latest film, BlacKkKlansman.

Stallworth spoke to The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti about how he became a card-carrying member of the KKK. Here is part of their conversation.

How did you decide to contact the KKK?

I was sitting in my office, as the movie depicts, reading the newspaper and I saw this classified ad. It simply said: "Ku Klux Klan, for information," and then there was a PO box.

I actually wrote a letter to that PO box and in the letter I basically said . I wanted to join in order to stop the abuse of the white race.

And put it in the mail, and forgot about it.

About a week or two later, I got a phone call from a gentleman, who described himself as Ken O⟞ll, the local organizer for the Colorado Springs chapter of the KKK, and he wanted to know why I wanted to be in the Klan.

So I repeated what I wrote in the letter and then I spiced it up a little bit. I said "My sister has been dating a N-word person, and every time he puts his filthy black hands on her pure white body, I cringe." I said I wanna join so I can stop the abuse of the white race.

His response to me was "You're just the kind of guy we're looking for, when can we meet?"

And with that, I ended up launching a seven-and-a-half-month undercover investigation into the KKK.

So [meeting] face to face — this brings us to your colleague Chuck. How did he get picked to go and pretend to be you?

I picked him. Chuck was a narcotics officer. He was a good cop, he was a good undercover cop, and he was about my height, my weight. And when Ken O⟞ll asked how he would know me at this meeting, I described basically Chuck.

When I sent Chuck into the meeting, I gave Chuck any ID I had [that was] minus a picture. He had credit cards, library card, social security card, anything that identified him as Ron Stallworth, but there was no picture attached to the identification, just in case they should try to ask him to prove he was who he said he was.

Did you get any kind of secret joy in knowing that you, as an African-American, was hoodwinking the Klan as this investigation went forward?

Oh it wasn't a secret, I was having fun. I was having fun making fools out of them, especially David Duke, who prided himself on his intelligence.

You were assigned to guard [Duke] when he came to Colorado Springs. How did that go?

On the day he arrived, January 10th, 1979 for a publicity blitz, my chief came to me and told me that they were receiving death threats against Duke. He didn't want anything to happen to him while he was in Colorado Springs, so the chief said: "I don't have anybody else available, you are going to be his security."

And he didn't go: "Gee, your voice sounds familiar" after the phone conversations?

Well, that was part of my apprehension in going and doing this assignment. But when I met with him, I identified myself as a detective — I never gave him my name, I said: "I am a detective with the Colorado Springs Police Department. You're receiving death threats and I've been assigned as your security."

I said: "I am a professional, I don't agree with your political ideology, but I will do everything I can to ensure that you get out of my city safely."

He then gave me the Klan handshake, he thanked me — very kind, very polite — and that's when I asked him if he would mind taking a photo with me. I had brought a Polaroid camera, and I hadn't planned anything, other than to get a picture of me with him, and he said: "Sure, not at all."

So I put my arm around him. Duke on my right, the Grand Dragon on my left.

I put my arm on their shoulders, and Duke pushed my arm away. He said: "I'm sorry, but I can be seen in a photo with you like that."

I said: "I understand, excuse me."

I walk over to Chuck and I said: "On the count of three, snap the photo."

Then I went back, stood between David Duke and the Grand Dragon, with my hands down by my waist. And I said: "One, two…" and on the count of three I raised my hands, put my arms around their shoulders and the photo was snapped.

Duke bolted away from me, tried to snatch the camera and the photo out of Chuck's hands, and I got it and he reached over to try to get it for me, and I looked at him and said: "If you touch me, I will arrest you for assault on a police officer, that's worth about five years in prison — don't do it."

When I said don't do it, Duke just glared at me with the most intense look of hatred you can imagine, and I glared back at him with a sly smirk on my face.

He then walked away over to his followers, who were also stunned. Shortly thereafter he proceeded to give one of his white superiority speeches that I had quite frankly just destroyed.

Produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal. Q&A edited for clarity and length. Listen to the full conversation near the top of this page.


The amazing story of black cop Ron Stallworth who infiltrated the KKK and that’s now been made into blockbuster movie BlacKkKlansman

HE was a daring cop who infiltrated America’s feared Ku Klux Klan – duping Grand Wizard David Duke and foiling deadly attacks.

But one major difference marked out Ron Stallworth from other undercover officers fighting the racist Klan in the 1970s . . . he was BLACK.

Teaming up with a white officer to share a single identity, Ron pulled off one of the most audacious stings in police history. His enthralling true story has now been made into the movie, BlacKkKlansman. But first director Spike Lee had to be convinced the tale was real.

In events that seem too fanciful even for Hollywood, Ron became the first black member of the all-white KKK.

Ron’s gripping memoir tells how he was even asked to LEAD the vile group’s Colorado Springs chapter, so convincing was his cover. The intelligence he gathered let cops stop bombings, stamp out the burning of crosses to intimidate black locals and also identify white supremacists in the military ready to prepare explosives and supply guns.

Ron — played in the movie by John David Washington, son of Hollywood A-lister Denzel — recalls: “From an intelligence standpoint, we were successful. No cross-burnings in seven and a half months during this investigation.

“They talked about bombing two gay bars — but they didn’t. We stopped two Klansmen whose job in the military was to deal with explosives from carrying out a threat to bomb. They talked about stealing automatic weapons from Fort Carson (army base) in preparation for a race war. We gained valuable intelligence.”

For decades, the KKK waged a campaign of hate, violence and murder against non-whites. Ron was frequently on the receiving end of racist abuse.

He was sworn in as a Colorado Springs police officer on his 21st birthday in 1974, and spent those first years honing his skills as an undercover cop, becoming their first black undercover narcotics detective.

His infiltration of the KKK came about almost by chance. In 1978, while scanning the local papers for suspicious activity, Ron spotted a classified ad for a local KKK chapter. He answered using his real name, doubting he would hear back.

Now 65 and retired, Ron says: “I told him I was a white man, that I hated blacks, Jews, Mexicans, Asians, that I thought the white man had not got a fair deal in this country. I signed my real name instead of my undercover name and mailed it off, thinking I would get a pamphlet, a brochure or something.”

Two weeks later, the phone rang at Ron’s desk. To his amazement, it was a local KKK organiser.Shocked Ron reached for the most hate-filled response he thought would impress a Klan member.
He said his sister had been dating a black man and he wanted to “stop these things from happening”.

The delighted Klansman replied: “You are just the kind of guy we are looking for. When can we meet?”

Ron says: “I had to formulate a plan real quick. I told him I couldn’t meet him now. We agreed to meet a week later.I started putting things in motion, getting a white officer to pose as me for this face-to-face meeting.”

Ron scrambled to put together an official investigation, recruiting narcotics officer “Chuck” — not his real name — to play Ron in person. He would conduct most of the work over the phone, while Chuck went to secret Klan meetings. Star Wars’ Adam Driver plays a character similar to Chuck in the movie.

Though their voices sounded very different, the investigation was never rumbled — despite one close call.

Ron, who now lives in Utah, says: “The people I was dealing with were not, to use an old adage, the brightest bulbs in the socket. Only once in the entire seven months of the investigation was I ever challenged as to why my voice sounded different to Chuck’s.

“Chuck had gone to a meeting I set up and later that day, as I thought about something said at that meeting, I got on the phone and called the local organiser. I started talking as if I’d been at the meeting.

“But he said, ‘You sound different — what’s the matter?’ I coughed a couple of times and said I had a sinus infection. He said, ‘Oh, I get those all the time. Here’s what you need to do to take care of that’.”

Ron even had conversations with “Grand Wizard” David Duke — a former Klan boss and one of America’s most reviled racists.

Ron came across a phone number for “the Voice of the Klan” and Duke, played in the movie by Topher Grace, picked up on the other end.

Ron says: “He laughed and said, ‘I’m the Voice of the Klan’. He identified himself as the Grand Wizard, the director. I told him I was a new Colorado Springs chapter member and was honoured to speak with him.

“He was very much like Donald Trump in that he liked to be fawned over. He liked flattery. I played that game and flattered him a lot.”

During their conversations, Duke, now 68, had no idea he was talking to a black man. He found out for the first time a decade ago. Ron even describes Duke — a white supremacist and Holocaust denier — as being pleasant to talk to when he wasn’t discussing race.

Ron says: “Inevitably, race would come up. Dr Jekyll turned into Mr Hyde and the monster in him came out. He said vile things about racial groups and people of colour, ethnicities and people, as they put it, who were not ‘pure Aryan white’.”

The racism Ron fought has not gone away Ron cheekily asked Duke if he ever worried about talking to black men over the phone without realising.

The clueless Duke told Ron he could tell if callers “weren’t pure Aryan white” by the way they pronounced “certain words and phrases”. The remark had Ron “cracking up laughing”.

In another twist, Ron was asked in his role as police officer to guard Duke at a rally in Colorado. Duke never recognised the man he had been speaking to on the phone.Ron even had a Polaroid photo taken with Duke, throwing his arms around the Klan leader. Behind the camera was Chuck, the cop who played his white alter ego.

Ron says: “Duke ran to get (the photo) out of my hand. I told him, ‘If you touch me, I will arrest you for assault of a police officer. That is worth about five years in prison. Don’t do it’. He stood there dumbfounded.”

Sadly, the picture was lost as Ron moved house 40 years ago.

His undercover operation was brought to a close in March 1979, after the local organiser of the Colorado Springs Klan asked Ron to take over as LEADER. Instead, he was ordered by the police chief to shut down the investigation and cease all contact with the group.

Ron says: “The chief made it clear he wanted ‘Ron Stallworth, Klansman’ to completely disappear.”

No arrests were made during the sting. Ron says: “That was always a bone of contention around law enforcement circles — and among people like David Duke, who try to downplay it. Nobody was arrested for a criminal offence.”

But, Ron insists, the investigation WAS a success. When he got a tip that a cross-burning was about to happen, the police would send cars to prevent it.

When the operation was wound up, Ron’s boss ordered him to destroy all evidence of the investigation.

But he took home some files — including his Klan membership card with his name on it. After his operation ended, Ron spent time as a narcotics investigator and on special assignment with the Colorado Attorney General’s organised-crime strikeforce. He retired in 2005, writing his memoir in 2014.

Spike Lee’s film opened here yesterday, a year on from the death of Heather Heyer, 32. She was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a white nationalist driver ploughed his car into a crowd of people protesting against a far-right rally.


What the Star of ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Learned from the Real Black Cop Who Infiltrated the KKK

Over his 32 years in law enforcement, Stallworth says, he developed a suspicion of journalists. Once, he gave a television reporter an interview about how Utah’s narcotics bureau was handling street gang shootings. When the piece aired, it was full of embellishments, according to Stallworth. So he called up the reporter, told him he’d personally recorded their interview as well, and blackballed the local TV station for three years.

“So I always ask reporters where they’re going with their story,” the 65-year-old said. “What slant they want to put to it.”

Today, the angle is supposed to be relatively straightforward: Stallworth had arrived at breakfast to discuss a new movie based on his life, “BlacKkKlansman,” alongside the actor who plays him in the film, John David Washington. The Spike Lee joint, which opened to strong reviews and a promising $10.8 million in just 1,500 theaters over the weekend, is based on a 2014 book Stallworth wrote about his investigation into the Ku Klux Klan.

In 1978, serving as the first black detective in the history of the police department in Colorado Springs, Colo., Stallworth noticed a classified ad in the local newspaper seeking enrollment in the white supremacist group. He answered the ad, and a few weeks later received a phone call from a Klan organizer asking why he wanted to join the cause.

Stallworth began spewing racial epithets, saying he hated anyone without “pure white Aryan blood in their veins.” Thus began the detective’s often comical, frequently dangerous investigation into the KKK: A white colleague impersonated him at the Klan’s meetings, while he maintained close phone relationships with Klan organizers, including former Grand Wizard David Duke. (Duke did not respond to an interview request.)

HOLLYWOOD INTEREST

When his book was published four years ago, it was sold only online, and it didn’t generate a lot of business. Nonetheless, Stallworth says, within 30 days of publication, he began receiving inquiries from Hollywood producers interested in adapting his story for the big screen. He had serious conversations with three production companies before he got a call from QC Entertainment, which was behind Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.”

“I was reserved,” he recalled. “People had talked a good game, and then nothing happened. So I said: ‘I don’t want to talk to you on the phone, I want to fly there and look you in the eye.’”

On his own dime, Stallworth flew from El Paso to L.A. for a meeting. He made his reservations clear: He didn’t want his story to be “Hollywood-ized.”

“No screeching car tires when they don’t need to screech the tires,” he said, shaking his head. “No cops running down the street shooting guns. Red lights and sirens going when you’re 10 miles away and you’ve got a clear open road. Dumb. Doesn’t happen.”

In other words: I recognize this is a movie, just don’t get crazy. The QC executives promised Stallworth they’d try to make the story as truthful as possible, but they were curious: Who did Stallworth want to play him?

“Denzel Washington,” he replied. “He’s my favorite actor.”

“Well, he’s a little too old,” Stallworth said the producers replied.

At the time, Stallworth wasn’t aware that Washington had a 34-year-old son, John David, who had recently ended his professional football career and was transitioning to acting on HBO’s “Ballers.”

“It’s just ironic as heck that the role landed in his son’s lap,” Stallworth said, nodding toward the actor. “And I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t get the daddy, I got the son, and the son did a magnificent job. Daddy’s gonna be beaming with pride, if he isn’t already.”

“Oh, he saw it at the Brooklyn premiere and he’s been talking about it still, Ron,” Washington told Stallworth. “He’s overseas selling ‘Equalizer 2’ now, but he’s been calling and checking in, so it’s been nice.”

“I’m glad to hear that,” Stallworth said. “You deserve it.”

Washington was given Stallworth’s book months before he received a screenplay, and he immediately wanted to talk with the author. He begged Lee to set up a meeting, but the director wanted the actor to hold off. Still, he was able to sneak in one call to Stallworth, leaving a fawning voicemail expressing how excited he was to be tackling the role.

“He basically said, ‘Mr. Stallworth? This is John David. Well — I, uh, I’m kind of nervous talking to you. I’m gonna play you,’” Stallworth said, imitating an anxious Washington. “He was very hesitant, and there were these pauses and nervous chuckles. ‘I feel a little nervous. I want to make your journey come alive. I’m nervous chuckling because of all you’ve done. I’m a little intimidated.’”

The two would eventually meet at the first table read for the project — Lee had invited Stallworth and his wife, Patsy Terrazas. (Terrazas goes nearly everywhere with her husband, including this interview, where she chimed in occasionally with cheerful anecdotes.) After the cast members had introduced themselves to one another, the director asked Stallworth to stand up and said: “Let’s hear it from the real man.” As he recounted his story in his own words, he passed around his laminated KKK membership card, which he carries in his wallet and likes to show off at any opportunity.

Though Washington said Stallworth “owned” the room, internally, he was struggling to contain how starstruck he was.

“I remember we were sitting there across from John David and Topher Grace (who plays Duke) and we’re like pinching each other, like, ‘Can you believe this?’” Terrazas said.

“This is when ‘Star Wars’ was about to come out, so we’re sitting there looking at Kylo Ren going, ‘This is weird,’” Stallworth added, referring to cast member Adam Driver’s character in the “Star Wars” films. “And after, John David gave me his number. I was surprised, like, ‘Movie star’s giving me his number?’”

“OK, I’m not a movie star,” Washington insisted. “You’re the hero. Ron, do you know what you’ve done? U redu? Are you kidding me? Once we got going, I was fine, but initially, it was like meeting a Randall Cunningham.”

Soon, the two had developed an intimate rapport, speaking weekly on the telephone. Washington took pages of notes, asking his real-life counterpart everything from where to stand during a sting operation to what kind of dancer he was during his disco days. The actor even rang Stallworth up before one particularly emotional scene in which the detective is tasked with serving as Duke’s security guard at an event where Klan members are fully outfitted in KKK regalia.

SEEKING ADVICE

“He called and said, ‘Ron?’ — and there was this urgency in his voice,” Stallworth said. “‘We just finished setting up the banquet scene for tomorrow. How did you do this? I’m in a room with people I know are acting, but they’re wearing Ku Klux Klan clothes. And I’m kind of intimidated. How did you do that?’ I started laughing and said it was a job. I couldn’t be intimidated.”

“I needed to hear that, though,” Washington said. “Me, John David, I couldn’t do what he did. I’d have gotten too emotional. I’d have cracked. I was ignorant before I did my research of a lot of African American police officers out there who are doing their job and doing it the right way. There were no terrorist attacks or violence from the Klan during his investigation. To me, that’s a success.”

Stallworth is still stoic about his investigation, which stopped a handful of KKK cross burnings that could have incited violence in Colorado Springs. And just last weekend, he said, he heard from Duke for the first time in 40 years. He was in a hotel room in New York, doing press for “BlacKkKlansman,” when his phone rang.

“Well, hey, it’s David Duke,” Stallworth said, putting on the white supremacist’s voice. “The minute he said, ‘Ron,’ I knew it was him. And he proceeded to tell me about how he was concerned about how he was portrayed in the movie. He didn’t want to be portrayed in a bad light.”

According to Stallworth, in their conversation, Duke acknowledged that the Colorado Springs investigation did take place, but he kept saying “my recollection is different than yours.” He paused and brought out his cellphone, pressing play on a voicemail that he said was from Duke. In the message, he told Stallworth he’d recorded an episode of his radio show disputing some of the facts in the film.

“I encouraged people a couple of times to buy your book and to read it,” Duke said in the message. “Anyway, just wanted to let you know that.”

“If you didn’t know who that was, you’d be like, ‘That sounds like a nice guy,’” Washington said, reacting to the voicemail.

A handler approached, alerting Stallworth and his wife that they’d miss their flight if they didn’t leave for the airport imminently.

“Well, Mr. Movie Star, I don’t know when I’m going to see you again,” Stallworth said, getting up from his seat.

“Hit me up, man. You already know,” said Washington.

“I can’t do that. You’re a movie star,” Stallworth said with a chuckle. “Love you, son.”


Stallworth Recruited A White Police Officer To Stand In For Him At Klan Meetings

Stallworth&rsquos investigation of the KKK was already gutsy, but actually meeting with the Klan in person would have been suicidal. For that reason, Stallworth brought a partner to stand in for him at meetings. Adam Driver plays a loose adaptation of this officer in BlacKkKlansman . As Stallworth tells it to NPR :

I then went to a white undercover narcotic officer, a good friend of mine, wired the officer up for sound, and sent him into the location and that's how we conducted this investigation over the next eight or nine months or so. Did most of the talking on the phone with these individuals and when it came time for physical contact, the face to face meeting, I would send the white officer in posing as me.


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