Boots Riley Blasts Spike Lee’s 'BlacKkKlansman' For Celebrating "COINTELPRO" Cop

The filmmaker/rapper hints Lee was paid to paint the police in a positive light.

(AllHipHop News)Boots Riley's Sorry To Bother You and Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman are two of the most talked about 2018 films from black directors. However, Riley seems to take issue with certain elements of Spike's latest joint.

BlacKkKlansman was presented as a movie based on the "true story" of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a black Colorado Springs police officer that worked to bring down the local Ku Klux Klan. Riley blasted BlacKkKlansman for being historically inaccurate.

The filmmaker/rapper took issue with the motion picture for leaving out that Stallworth allegedly worked with federal law enforcement to infiltrate and destroy black radical organizations. He even claimed Stallworth was connected to the FBI's controversial COunter INTELligence PROgram. Riley later cleared up his COINTELPRO accusation on Twitter.

"Stallworth, what we know is he spent at least 3 years infiltrating radical and Black orgs - one of those radical orgs being one that my parents were in - and I was later - called Progressive Labor Party. He consulted [with] the FBI & talked to them weekly," wrote Riley. The Oakland native added, "Was the FBI officially called cointelpro by 1979? who knows, maybe not, but it was local police and FBI working together to disrupt black radical and radical organizations."

COINTELPRO and post-COINTELPRO initiatives reportedly targeted Martin Luther King Jr., the Civil Rights movement, the Nation of Islam, the Black Panther Party, the Communist Party, the Socialist Workers Party, Puerto Rican independence groups, white supremacists groups, and modern "black identity extremists." The secret government program has been accused of engaging in unethical activities such as illegal wiretapping, burglaries, theft, forging documents, and spreading disinformation in an attempt to discredit the organizations.

In addition, Riley called out Spike for allegedly being paid $219,113 in consulting fees by the NYPD. He wrote, to help in an ad campaign that was aimed at improving relations with minority communities. Whether it actually is or not, BlacKkKlansman feels like an extension of that ad campaign. Chicago emcee Vic Mensa also slammed Lee for the New York Police Department's payment to the Spike DDB advertising company.

Check out Boots Riley's tweets below.

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