Flip Zimmerman

Flip Zimmerman

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Character Analysis

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Grew Up... in a Jewish family that mostly tried to assimilate with the Christian culture around them.

Living... in Colorado Springs, in the early 1970s.

Profession... seasoned officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Specifically, Flip works in the intelligence division, handling undercover surveillance work.

Interests... hanging out with his friends on the police force.

Relationship Status... married to his job.

Challenge... infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. Flip’s rookie co-worker Ron Stallworth launches an impromptu investigation into the KKK by posing as a horrific racist over the phone in order to apply to be a member. The only problem is that Ron’s black and therefore can’t physically go undercover himself. So Ron enlists Flip to act as his in-person stand-in. That means Flip must frequently put himself in direct contact with dangerous, hateful people while posing as one of them. That’s made even more complicated by the fact that Flip is Jewish and therefore a target of the KKK’s hatred too. At first, Flip isn’t convinced the disorganized chapter is actually that much of a threat to the community, and he’s not sure it’s worth risking his life to find out.

Personality... responsible and even-keeled. Flip has been doing his job for a long time, and he’s learned to stay objective about the kind of surveillance work he does. Though he’s masterful at slipping in and out of various undercover personas, he’s learned to detach himself from his work. As he puts it, “In this job, you try to keep things at a distance. You put up a shield so you don't feel anything.” Usually calm under even the most intense pressure, things start to get more complicated as Flip spends more time with members of the KKK and sees firsthand the full extent of their hatred against Jewish people and others. The normally reserved Flip suddenly finds himself more emotionally charged than ever before.


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