Timing is everything.
And Spike Lee's 2018 film "BlacKkKlansman" is timed to mirror the hate of the current era.
The plot line is about a black man in Colorado who is hired into the local police department. He's Ron Stallworth.
Soon enough he goes undercover, at least on the phone, to infiltrate the KKK. When it comes to in-person meetings with the KKK, his stand-in is a fellow police officer who is Jewish.
The theme is about the KKK's mission of keeping America great - and white.
The objective is to prevent a local attack by the KKK. Actually, it does occur but could have been much bigger had it not been forced to go on to Plan B.
There is a flashback to the hate murder in Virginia.
The communications experts among us get a special treat: That's the myth by the KKK, including supposedly its power player David Duke, that black men talk differently than white men.
Stallworth is a charmer in his phone conversations with the Duke-like character. The latter, sounding like a professor of linguistics, points out how blacks enunciate certain words differently than do whites. Stallworth enjoys every minute of the tutorial.
And, if Abovethelaw.com's editor in chief Elie Mystal sees the film he too may smirk. Mystal, a black man with multiple Harvard degrees, does not talk as the Duke character describes. Mystal appears on numerous media shows.
Meanwhile, on television, Dick Wolf, creator of "Law & Order," will present programming about hate crimes. His other new introduction- "FBI" - doesn't seem, at least to me, to be hitting it out of the park. But his hate crimes could pull from Wolf the talent he leveraged to make "Law & Order" iconic.
And, after a brutal few months generated by the Brett Kavanaugh U.S. Supreme Court nomination, a divided nation moves on to another hate battle: the midterms. Those should be ugly.
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