A&E is a network most known for their docu-series that usually pack a punch. Giving us shows like the “First 48”, “Intervention”, and the Emmy-winning, “Born This Way,” it’s clear that A&E is all about telling the true stories of those that would usually slip through the cracks. Their content has a very “in your face” element to it. So it’s not surprising that their new show follows the same guidelines as their current and previous content. However, with racial tensions at an all time high in America will their latest docu-series help or harm our already fragile connection?
A&E announced a few days ago that their new docu-series, Generation KKK will premiere on January 10, 2017 at 10pm (et). The series will follow four prominent families of the Ku Klux Klan who each have a family member trying to escape the organization.
One family has a father trying to convince his daughter to take his place. The other is an Iraq war veteran determined to make his four-year old son a proud klansman. Another is a young man who sees his friend/klan leader as the father he never had, and a fifth generation klan family struggling to keep their legacy..
The show will also feature anti-hate groups and peace activists working to break the cycle by convincing Klan members to leave. The activists group includes, Daryle Lamont Jenkins, the co-founder of One’s People’s Project, an organization that monitors and investigates hate groups. Arno Michaelis, a former skinhead turned peace educator, and Bryon Widner, a reformed neo-nazi who’s decision to leave his lifestyle was heavily influenced by his son.
A&E stated that the purpose of this show in a written statement. “This series pulls back the curtain on the organization that the Anti-Defamation League calls “a racist, anti-Semitic movement with a commitment to extreme violence to achieve its goals of racial segregation and white supremacy,” to show its effects on American families as members grapple with the consequences of leaving.”
Participants of the docu-series do not have changed names, blurred faces or distorted voices which is genreal practices when documenting topics like this.
In an article posted on TMZ they reported that the participants of the series were not paid and that they participated voluntarily because they feel they are “misunderstood.” They want to “recast their image” because they are not racist, they are a “race preservation group.”
I’ll keep my commentary to myself on this one.
You can watch the trailer below: