Television audiences are about to get a look behind the hoods of the Ku Klux Klan, thanks to a new eight-part docuseries from A&E, “Generation KKK,” the network announced Monday.
The series will follow four KKK-affiliated families that each have a member seeking to exit the group, with footage shot inside the organization’s functions.
“This series gives viewers an unprecedented look at what it is like to be born into hate,” A&E’s Rob Sharenow said in a statement. “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.”
Response to news of the show was not overwhelmingly positive, though.
— Ellen Oh (@ElloEllenOh) December 19, 2016
Normalization and legitimization = giving cute names like Alt-Right and Generation KKK to violent white supremacists. This makes a Roof.
— Olivia A. Cole (@RantingOwl) December 19, 2016
@nytimesarts WTF is wrong with the nytimes. imagine a show “burrows in with high ranking Nazis”. STOP your love affair w/ White supremacy.
— mark dutcher (@markdutcher) December 19, 2016
@nytimesarts Can you please explain why you’re giving the resurgence of racial hatred such a prime spotlight? Because this looks disgusting.
— David Chartier (@chartier) December 19, 2016
@nytimesarts this is disgusting… boycott this show, do not normalize this racism!!
— Joyce O’Neal (@JoyceONealPhoto) December 18, 2016
@nytimesarts let’s stop giving platforms to the worst people. The KKK is not a part of civil society. It’s a racist terrorist group.
— Brian Wells (@wellsbe) December 19, 2016
“Generation KKK” premieres Jan. 10, 2017 on A&E.