Spike Lee’s Blackkklansman perfectly captures the racism of the '70s that saw the surge of the KKK while drawing chilling parallels to the modern day, writes Inkoo Kang of Slate. The film manages to balance its politics with humor and great acting. Funny scenes are particularly enjoyable, giving respite after the story delves deep into racist society. This is done phenomenally, capturing the crazy but also highly polished nature of the KKK. Lee shows how old racist talking points, like too many black people being on TV, really are. From subtle hints to footage from the 2017 Charlottesville protests, Blakkklansman reminds us of our dark history.
While Spike Lee’s intent on drawing parallels between past racism and the current day in his latest movie Blakkklansman is noble, he fails to follow through with this, argues Alissa Wilkinson of Vox. What stands out is how idiotic and evil he presents the KKK. In doing so, he misses the great opportunity to show people how normalized and widespread American racism is today. Portraying them as ignorant clowns makes it easier to laugh at them and compartmentalize them. It draws too clear a line between ‘bad’ racists and everyone else who can be seen as ‘good.’ This belies the large grey area of casual and subtle racism that plagues the country today.