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‘BlacKkKlansman’ star Adam Driver recalls ku klux klan presence in Indiana hometown

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“BlacKkKlansman” star Adam Driver’s role in the Spike Lee smash may have hit closer to home for him than for his co-stars.

The actor revealed that there is a clear and “constant” Ku Klux Klan presence in his hometown of Indiana, but made it clear that the state itself was not racist.

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“I knew that people who were involved in the KKK,” Driver, 35, told Deadline in an interview released Saturday. “There was a friend that I had, growing up in Indiana, where his father is very involved, and they lived in the street of us. And it’s something I don’t really know about it until [I saw] this guy more. I don’t see him no more; they are not a part of my life. But there was a constant Klan presence, and that, I’m talking like once a year.”

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He added, “I would not go to these events — I feel like it was [in] Granger, or South Bend. Sometimes, it was more an official, and sometimes it was less on the grid. There was a kind of constant presence of this group, and because you grew up with it, is this thing … I never understood it then, and I moved to Indiana from California, so I was already in the middle of a culture shock. Not to paint Indiana with this brush, ” The whole state is racist,’ because that is not.”

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Driver, who also stars as Kylo Ren in ‘Star Wars’ franchise, not to let it affect him too much grows, especially after he left Indiana for California.

“I haven’t really spent a lot of time is self-reflection, but I do remember being so confused by it at the time, and knew that that was … I’m looking for all adjectives to accurately describe ‘stupid,’ he said. “Ignorant and hateful, and nothing that I wanted to be a part of.”

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