BlackkKlansman - How the Genre of Comedy and Racial Issues Mix
Director Spike Lee
 

     I am tempted to say that racial tension in America is one of the most sensitive topics to address today. The BlackkKlansman however, has approached this subject in a respectful and entertaining way. Addressing this highly controversial topic in movies is not a new concept. In fact, it has been done before in media such as in The Boondocks, a cartoon that pokes fun at aspects of the black community and the world, specifically America. Such media creations lighten up the mood surrounding controversial topics, when they are shown in the context of a cartoon. The focus of The Boondocks is to both comment about society and make a few laughs here and there as well. These laughs release the tension often felt behind the topics being addressed.

     I am tempted to say that racial tension in America is one of the most sensitive topics to address today. The BlackkKlansman however, has approached this subject in a respectful and entertaining manner. Addressing this highly controversial topic in movies is not a new concept. In fact, it has been done before in media such as in The Boondocks, a cartoon that pokes fun at aspects of the black community and the world, specifically in America. Such media creations lighten up the mood surrounding controversial topics, when they are shown in the context of a cartoon. The focus of The Boondocks is to both comment about society and make a few laughs here and there as well. These laughs release the tension often felt behind the topics being addressed.

     Now, how does one create a movie that serves to lighten up controversial topics with real actors, as opposed to cartoon people? Well, this is simple. One must create a story that expresses the truth of our environment, but is also spiced with jokes to lighten the load. The BlackkKlansman has this vibe. It is based off of a true story, but it does not seem to take a heavy handed approach to the facts. The director is able to infuse these tense themes, while still making it entertaining. In my humble opinion, I think that this is one of the most thought-provoking ways to address racial situations in media. In this specific movie, I can see both sides of the story, the right and the wrong. A good movie provides information in creative ways and then allows one to leave the theater and make his or her own inferences and observations. A good movie sparks up conversation, and it also inspires new ideas and ways of thinking.  Movies have the ability to change perspective, to change hearts, and to show you something that was right in front you that you decided to ignore. Do not ignore the history of the Land of the Free and the home of the brave. This piece is highly recommended for someone who wants their thoughts challenged and the opportunity to learn.