A&E’s newest venture, ‘Generation KKK,’ chronicles the struggle of the family members of prominent klansmen to distance themselves from the Ku Klux Klan.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has recently bought several “serious-minded” documentary series. For ‘Generation KKK,’ A&E has embedded cameras with the hate group over the course of the last year as a means of facilitating dialogue between klansmen and their families that don’t want to be associated with the group.
Sources say that the series will premiere in January and will consist of eight episodes. Rather than strive for more subtle acts of racism like the so-called alt-right movement, the KKK has been outspoken with it’s racism. The group is even referred to as “a racist, anti-Semitic movement with a commitment to extreme violence to achieve its goals of racial segregation and white supremacy” by The Anti-Defamation League.
Although A&E has been working on footage for the series for at least a year, the timing of the arrival of ‘Generation KKK’ is certainly opportune to say the least. As it stands, white nationalism has taken center stage in America, as outspoken racists are catered to and given a platform for their bigoted views in the public arena.
Few instances better exemplify this than former Klan leader David Duke running for Louisiana Senate and also supporting now President-elect Donald Trump. Duke even went so far as to call Trump’s victory a win for “his people.”As The Hollywood Reporter explains,
“Subjects [for the series] include an “Imperial Wizard” trying to recruit his daughter into the KKK, an Iraq war veteran indoctrinating his four-year-old son with racist rhetoric and fifth-generation Klan family trying to recruit a close family friend. There are no obscured faces or changed names, as has been traditional when the group appears in film and TV — members of the KKK who participated gave full permission.”
When hate crimes are on this rise in this country, it is important for those of us on the outside to gain an insider view into the minds of those responsible. A&E’s newest series offers viewers the opportunity to do just that.
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