By Spike Lee BlacKkKlansman tells the daring story of a black police detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in the '70s. Although it might seem incredible, the film is an autobiographical story based on the life of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first black officer in the Colorado Springs police department. In the film, while Stallworth collects information on the notorious hate group, he begins a relationship with Patrice Dumas, a student activist at a nearby college. But it was Patrice from BlacKkKlansman a real person in Stallworth's life?
The on-screen version of Stallworth's story of becoming almost the first black chapter leader of a white power organization is mostly true, but Lee has taken some liberties. In the film, when Stallworth comes out for his first undercover job to observe and report on a speech by Stokely Carmichael in Colorado, he is fascinated by the student organizer Patrice Dumas (Laura Harrier). Shortly thereafter, Stallworth responds to a KKK announcement in a local paper using his real name (an important no-no for incognito work) and ends up talking to the local chapter leader. It allies with the Jewish partner Chip (Adam Driver) for the IRL meetings, and the two start to infiltrate the organization while the relationship between Stallworth and Dumas develops.
So what is really real? First of all, we do not know much about Chip, because his true identity remains a mystery; Lee's decision to make him a Jew was simply to give Chip a bit of "skin in the game" when it came to directing Klan's hatred. And even though Stallworth is now happily married (for his high school girlfriend, no less), no one like Patrice Dumas, leader of the black student union, really existed in his life. But the speech that led to their meeting really era Stallworth's first undercover job, and Dumas is heavily based on real-world women in the Black Power movement.
Angela Davis was an obvious inspiration, as the important countercultural leader was briefly involved with both the Communists and the Black Panthers, and spent a lifetime writing and talking about feminism, black power, social organization and the prison industrial complex. In an interview with fashionista, BlacKkKlansman Costume designer Marci Rogers turned to Davis, who became professor emeritus at UC Santa Cruz, and Kathleen Cleaver, currently a senior lecturer at Emory University School of Law, as a direct inspiration for appearance and attitude. of Dumas.
Cleaver was also a student organizer, who after meeting with Black Panther's information minister, Eldridge Cleaver, joined the Panthers and moved to San Francisco. She became secretary of communications, spokesperson and press secretary, fleeing the United States after numerous raids and police investigations, which eventually returned in the mid-1970s. Talking with What to wear Regarding Cleaver, actress Laura Harrier said: "It really struck me when he was a core member of the Black Panther Party and how he had not set himself to be this huge famous figure."
Although the character is fictitious, what is on the screen was important to Harris. The actor said "[Dumas] she was able to be this strong, fucking, revolutionary woman while she was in love with a man and had a relationship. "He added that Dumas also reflects the" un-famous woman of the Black Power Movement ", including members of Harrier's family, may not be a real person, but the women Patrice Dumas represents were vital for the age BlacKkKlansman is set.