A&E Is Airing Generation KKK, an Eight-Part Docuseries, in 2017

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On January 10, A&E will start airing the network’s newest docuseries, Generation KKK, reports the New York Times. The series, which started filming around 18 months ago, looks into the inner workings of the Ku Klux Klan and the family lives of its highest-ranking members, who often pass the doctrine of hate and white supremacy on to their children. Though the filmmakers were able to gain access to several important figures within the KKK — including Steven Howard, the Imperial Wizard in Mississippi, and Chris Buckley, a Grand Knighthawk in Georgia — the creators reassured the Times that they took great pains to not be used as a microphone for the hate group. The series heavily features activists Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Arno Michaelis, and Bryon Widner, who attempt to persuade the Klansmen to change their way of thinking, or at least not involve their children in KKK activity. Both the making of the series and its release coincide with a resurgence in the KKK, which the Southern Poverty Law Center reports doubled in number of local chapters from 2014 to 2015, and with the widely cited rise of the white-nationalist political movement known as the alt-right.  

A&E Is Airing a Ku Klux Klan Docuseries in 2017