A&E is pulling back the hood on several prominent members of the Ku Klux Klan.
The cable network, on a buying spree of serious-minded documentary fare of late, has embedded cameras with the KKK over the last year in an effort to facilitate a dialogue between a handful of leaders in the hate group and members of their family who want to out. Sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the cable player has handed out an eight-episode order to Generation KKK, set to premiere in January.
Unlike members of the “alt right,” the KKK has been anything about subtle about its vocal racism. The Anti-Defamation League calls the organization “a racist, anti-Semitic movement with a commitment to extreme violence to achieve its goals of racial segregation and white supremacy.” The project comes from This Is Just A Test (TIJAT), the production which went to A&E with the idea over a year ago.
To say that the series’ arrival is timely would be an understatement. The racial divide and white nationalism emerged among the bigger themes of the recent election. David Duke, a former Klan leader and perhaps one of the most outspoken racists in America, was a vocal Donald Trump supporter and has called his presidential victory a win for “his people.”
Subjects 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.
Source: Hollywood Reporter | Michael O’Connell