We agreed to meet a week later.
Among the white supremacist members of the Ku Klux Klan, Ron Stallworth stood out for a couple reasons: he was an undercover officer and he was a black man. He ended up being joined by another officer when the Klan insisted members bring recruits. Stallworth also eventually joined forces with the local director of the Anti-Defamation League, to trade information on the K.K.K. When Spike Lee first heard about Ron Stallworth—an African-American detective who infiltrated the Colorado Springs K.K.K. Ron Stallworth, the real life "BlacKkKlansman," says he spoke with Duke over the phone recently about Lee's award-winning new movie. Meeting the Grand Wizard: David Duke’s visit to Colorado Springs coincided with “Ron’s” K.K.K. The most important news stories of the day, curated by Post editors and delivered every morning. Duke, surprisingly, was very cordial in their encounter, even shaking hands with Stallworth. Duke has apparently been keeping tabs on the movie—and according to the real-life Stallworth, he's worried that BlacKkKlansman is going to make him look like a "buffoonish, cartoonish idiot." He also planned on baptizing new members, including Chuck, into the Klan. Vanity Fair may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. The real-life ad listed a P.O. He did a good job putting the story together and connecting the historical thread from the Confederacy to Charlottesville, David Duke and Donald Trump.”, The movie, Stallworth said, is timely and symbolic: “People need to realize this is a threat to the very fabric of American society.”. no trials? Required fields are marked *. . for, and he was very enthusiastic about meeting with me.”, The other Ron Stallworth: The K.K.K. Photo of David Duke (L) via AP photos. plans, bragging and boasting and feeding me information .
Of course, this represented a dilemma for Stallworth. After seven months, the investigation came to a close when O’Dell nominated Stallworth to become a chapter leader for being a loyal and dedicated Klansman. And he said, ‘Oh, I get those all the time. Fortunately, he was able to dispose of the application.
Duke had no idea the man he was talking to on the other end was black. infiltration—a story that seemed too wild to be true. The footage shows the white nationalists’ march on the University of Virginia campus and the street protest that resulted in the death of Heather Heyer.