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text 2018-08-19 16:27
Reading progress update: I've read 126 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Ron Stallworth

Only about 20 people showed up to the anti-KKK protests mentioned at this part. A couple KKK members showed up as counterprotesters. They were being ignored at first and weren't even in their robes until one of them asked a member of the media if they'd like a story, and the person said yes. Then the Klan members put on their robes and it became a media feeding frenzy.

 

"The media all too often unwittingly creates the very news it reports because of its zeal to get a story. This only benefits the person or subject being covered and gives them or it a power neither deserves."

 

What gets me is that this is something much of the media still hasn't figured out. Or maybe they've figured it out but don't care, because ratings are all that matter, even if it means giving white supremacists a platform.

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text 2018-08-18 22:28
Reading progress update: I've read 116 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Ron Stallworth

"First they got their ideas about how to light a cross from a James Bond movie, and now they were bragging about secret handshakes. It was as if Dennis the Menace were running a hate group."

 

Heh. I like the moments where Stallworth pokes fun at the Klan.

 

One thing I've learned in the past few pages: the KKK influence on Colorado politics, particularly Denver politics, was huge in the 1920s and 1930s. Denver's mayor during this period was a devoted KKK member, and in 1923 approximately half of Colorado's tens of thousands of KKK members lived in Denver (103). This was never once mentioned during my school years, although admittedly I only spent part of my childhood and teens in Colorado. I'm guessing, though, that even if I'd spent my entire life in Colorado, I wouldn't have known this.

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text 2018-08-17 13:27
Reading progress update: I've read 88 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Ron Stallworth

The timeline's a little hard to follow. On page 88, Stallworth is "anxiously" calling David Duke about the status of his KKK membership card. On page 84, Stallworth writes about becoming a strange sort of celebrity among criminal justice officials, who'd see him at the cop bar, offer to buy him a drink, and ask to see his KKK membership card. (This entire section seemed a bit weird to me. Wouldn't it have been seen as a potential problem that the investigation was such a badly kept secret?)

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text 2018-08-16 21:42
Reading progress update: I've listened 68 out of 151 minutes.
The Very First Damned Thing: An Author-Read Audio Exclusive - Jodi Taylor

I hate to say it, but I'm a bit bored, and I haven't even been listening to this for very long. I wonder if it would be better with a different narrator? I like the author's voice, but apparently I've been spoiled by actor-narrators.

 

And I'm confused about how time travel works in this. At times, it's indicated that the timeline protects itself - time travelers couldn't change things if they tried, because they'd be prevented from doing so by the universe, possibly at the cost of their own lives. At other times, characters say things that indicate that time travelers could, in fact, have a disastrous effect on the timeline if they're not careful. So which is it?

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text 2018-08-16 13:18
Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Ron Stallworth

Total number of cops who have talked to Ken, the Colorado Springs KKK member who was the start of all of this: 3. He still thinks he's been talking to one person, Ron Stallworth, and he thinks Ron is just great.

 

So great, in fact, that he's trying to get Ron/Chuck to agree to assume a leadership role in the Colorado Springs chapter of the KKK. Stallworth is now telling readers why this was a problem for the police and discussing the issue of entrapment, which is something I suspect many cop shows have messed up on.

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