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‘Sorry to Bother You’ director Boots Riley rips Spike Lee’s ‘BlackKkKlansman’

August 20, 2018

by Daryl Nelson

Boots Riley, Spike Lee

Boots Riley has a problem with Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” and he explained why in a three page essay.

Besides being the veteran rapper from Oakland’s The Coup, Riley is also a filmmaker who created the movie “Sorry to Bother You,” which, like Spike’s film, has a lot of buzz surrounding it.

If you’re familiar with the subject matter of “BlackKkKlansman,” then you know it’s based on the true life story of former Colorado Springs officer Ron Stallworth and how he infiltrated the local Ku Klux Klan through the telephone.

But Riley said that was only one of his operations, because he also worked for the FBI’s COINTELPRO to bring down Black radical groups, yet Spike made him look like a hero.

Boots Riley has a problem with Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” and he explained why in a three page essay.

“The real Ron Stallworth infiltrated a Black radical organization for three years (not for one event like the movie portrays),” wrote Riley. “He did what all papers from the FBI’s Counterintelligence Program that were found through the freedom of information acts tell us he did: Sabotage a Black radical organization whose intent had to do with at the very least fighting racist oppression.”

“Cointelpro’s objectives were to destroy radical organizations, especially Black radical organizations,” he continued. “One of those radical orgs – being one that my parents were in and I was later – [was] called Progressive Labor Party. He consulted [with] the FBI and talked to them weekly.”

Plus, Riley said the Colorado Springs Police Department didn’t really have an interest in dismantling the Klan. They wanted to know who they were for other reasons.

“Cointelpro papers also show us that when white supremacist organizations were infiltrated by the FBI and the cops, it was not to disrupt them. They weren’t disrupted,” he detailed. “It was to use them to threaten and or physically attack radical organizations.”

Riley said the Colorado Springs Police Department didn’t really have an interest in dismantling the Klan. They wanted to know who they were for other reasons.

“BlacKkKlansman” is based on Stallworth’s memoir of the same name, and Riley accused the retired officer of making himself look like a cop who wanted to fight racism, but that wasn’t the case. The Coup member also said the memoir was “published by a publisher that specializes in books written by cops,” which is another reason he has problems with the book and film.

But despite those issues, at the start of his letter, Riley praised Spike for influencing him. However, at the end he took him to task for working with the NYPD and said it affected how he made “BlackKkKlansman.”

“By now many folks know that Spike Lee was paid over $200k to help in an ad campaign that was aimed at improving relations with minority communities,’” he wrote. “Whether it actually is or not, ‘BlackKkKlansman’ feels like an extension of that ad campaign.”

You can read Riley’s entire essay below.

Daryl Nelson writes for Atlanta Black Star, where this story first appeared.

4 thoughts on “‘Sorry to Bother You’ director Boots Riley rips Spike Lee’s ‘BlackKkKlansman’

  1. Jeff Blankfort

    Lee also made the white cop who stood in for Stallworth during the KKK meetings to be Jewish when that wasn't the case in real life and now rabbis and others are writing in the Jewish press that, because of the white cop in the film being Jewish, it can be used as a vehicle to restore Black-Jewish relations to the days of the civil rights movement which the Jewish establishment, which didn't participate in that movement, longs to romanticize.

    Why did Lee make that switch in the story when it wasn't actually that way in real life? Because Lee knows who runs the film industry and owns the movie theater chains and whose boots you have to lick to get your film distributed and shown as widely as possible.

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    1. David Evans

      Hollywood and New York entertainment capitals are Zionist Jewish propaganda mills, pushing the 2
      % Jewish population larger than life into our living rooms to promote American solidarity with Israel. Spike Lees's spin of truth was small example of this ubiquitous subliminal programming of the collective American psyche. How many Jewish family themes and how many Arab terrorist plots are regurgitated on nightly television programs? How many more regurgitated Holocaust films are we to bathe in?

      That Hollywood Zionists would seek support of the Black community given Jew's role in the African slave trade, and Israel's racist apartheid status is chutzpah at its finest.

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  2. John F Thielking

    I don't know who posted the original commentary by Boots Reily, but it is not in a format that is what is otherwise known as accessible. I have the sneaky suspicion that the post was composed on a widescreen computer system costing upwards of $3k. It is simply not viewable at all on my measly $200 laptop that I bought used over 4 years ago. If you truly are interested in speaking your prose to the masses of lower class people, please recompose your piece in an accessible format. I look white and am male, but that fact hasn't bestowed upon me the prowess necessary to overcome these limitations.

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  3. Allen Jones

    The criticism of this movie by this director only made me quit procrastinating. I saw the movie and though I don’t think it or any of the actors will or should win an award, I loved the message Lee delivered.

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