The Ku Klux Klan’s (KKK) membership is growing for the first time in 40 years. Now A&E has decided it is a good idea to create a reality show called Generation KKK. Cameras will follow four significant families as a member of each family tries to break away.
The Anti-Defamation League defines the KKK as:
‘A racist, anti-Semitic movement with a commitment to extreme violence to achieve its goals of racial segregation and white supremacy.’
In eight one-hour episodes, the cameras follow one family where an Imperial Wizard wants his teenage daughter to secede him, according to A&E. An Iraqi war veteran leads another family, and he has resolved to raise his four-year-old son as a proud member of the KKK.
The series also follows a young man whose father-substitute is a Klan leader and trying to get him to join the hate group. The last family is a fifth-generation Klan family trying to maintain its KKK role.
A&E and Lifetime general manager Rob Sharenow released this statement:
‘This series gives viewers an unprecedented look at what it is like to be born into hate. Our producers gained access to Klan families allowing for full immersion into this secret world and its impact on the next generation. Generation KKK brings viewers inside the places where hatred and prejudice are born and bred, and carried forward or not.’
To create tension, the series also follows peace activists and anti-hate group members trying to get KKK inductees to leave the hate group. The team has three members. Although all of them are activists, they also have deep ties to Klan families.
Byron Widner is the first activist is a reformed Neo-Nazi and star of the documentary Erasing Hate. He decided the Klan was not good for his son. The second activist, Daryle Lamont, co-founded One People’s Project. His organization investigates and watches hate groups. Arno Michaels is the final team member is a former skinhead who joined the white power movement when he was just 16 years old.
Generation KKK premieres Tuesday January 10th at 10 p.m. ET on A&E.
Check out the video below introducing the new series:
Featured Image: Getty Images/Spencer Platt.