Author – Ron stallworth
Pages – 208
Genre – memoir
Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
What happens when a black detective goes undercover in the KKK? An extraordinary true story.
In 1978, Ron Stallworth is the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department. In the local paper, he finds a classified ad for the Ku Klux Klan – and a P.O. box for interested enquiries.
All he’s expecting are some racist brochures and a few scraps of information about the white nationalist terrorists in his community.
What he gets is a phone call inviting him to join the KKK.
So he does.
Launching an undercover investigation of incredible audacity, Ron recruits his partner Chuck to play the ‘white’ Ron Stallworth, while Stallworth himself talks to the Klan over the phone. During his months-long investigation, Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military, and even manages to deceive the KKK “Grand Wizard” David Duke himself – dodging danger and reprisal at every turn…
Black Klansman is an amazing true story and a rollercoaster of a crime thriller; a searing and timely portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back.
Blackkklans man was first brought to my attention when I saw the trailer for the movie on tv. I found it really interesting so I looked it up to find out more and discovered that it was a book !!
When I got the book in the post, I was surprised by how small it was, I thought it was going to be really brief and vague but thankfully it wasn’t. The book is written in first person by Ron Stallworth as he recalls the events of his undercover investigation into the kkk. Ron joined the police force to help him get into college with no real interest in everr being a cop. However, having been in the station for a while the detective department caught his interest and after helping out with a investigation he decided to give up on the idea of becoming a P.E. coach and focused on becoming a detective. Ron went on to become the first black cop and later the first black detective in his department.
Rons investigation with the kkk started when he seen a recruitment ad for the kkk in the local new paper. He decided to ring the number and when he unexpectedly got an answer he accidentally gave his real name and agreed to meet with ‘ken’ the man on the phone to learn more. And that is how his investigation started when a black detective gave his real name to the kkk and agreed to meet them in person. We follow Ron through the book as he recounts how he got another detective to be a white Ron and to meet the group in person while the real Ron spoke with them over the phone.
It was a really interesting book, it gave a insight into how undercover operations are carried out and how information is collected. It also explained a lot of the history regarding the kkks presence in Colorado as well as where the members ended up. The irony of the book makes it really funny, Stallworth’s investigation really shows how stupid this group of people were. One of my favourite moments in the book was when Ron was on the phone to David Duke the ‘grand wizard’ of the kkk … cringe and Duke said he knows when he’s talking to a black man because they don’t speak the same as white people, they roll their r’s and things. He said this bare in mind to a black man, ya I don’t think his theory was right.
Over all I really enjoyed this book, I liked that Ron was able to 1 up the kkk and show how utterly ridiculous and idiotic they were. It also is a good book for a laugh and I would definitely recommend it if you are interested in anything like undercover detective work, oppression, the kkk proven to be idiots or anything along the lines of that.
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