The hope is that we see each other as human beings before we see each other based upon labels such as skin color religion, family origin, etc. But for some, the only thing they can see is these labels.
In 2014, Ron Stallworth, a retired police officer, published his memoir, Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime. In the 1970’s, Detective Stallworth was the first African-American to join the Colorado Springs Police Department. While on duty one day, he discovered an advertisement in the local newspaper from the KKK for those who are seeking additional information. Detective Stallworth calls the number on the ad, using his real name, but pretending to be white. This leads to an undercover investigation that almost seems like a work of well written fiction instead of a true story.
There are two ways to get a message across, especially when it comes overall societal change that is badly needed. The message can either be sent by a proverbial hit on the head, or it can be illustrated by heroes who are willing to step up and show what the change looks like. This memoir proves that change is possible when we are willing to step up to the plate and do what needs to be done.
I recommend it.