American cable channel A&E is producing an eight-part documentary titled "Generation KKK" that would focus on the lives of high-ranking Ku Klux Klan members in today's society. The channel -- known for its groundbreaking documentaries "Hoarders" and "Intervention" is treading into more complex societies. A&E's General Manager said the show will not serve "as a platform for the views of the KKK" and the network stands against hate of all kinds.
According to New York Times, "Generation KKK" began about two years before US President-Elect Donald Trump's win -- an event that empowered many white supremacist groups nationwide. The focus of the show is to show the "grass-roots" level of the KKK's daily lives with their families. According to documentary executive producer/filmmaker Aengus James, he wanted to see the internal struggles of core families -- KKK parents and their children.
The series would follow a certain Mr. Howard, an Imperial Wizard of the North Mississippi White Knights and other high-ranking KKK members such as Grand Knighthawk Chris Buckley of the North Georgia White Knights and Grand Dragon in The Tennessee Knights of the Invisible Empire Richard Nichols. Mr. Howard said on-screen that the KKK is "here for the preservation of our race and the preservation of our people" and that if the battle is not fought "our children ain't gonna have a future."
The KKK was empowered to view that the US may suffer a "white genocide" after the win of US President-Elect Donald Trump. Trump's views on immigrants had empowered KKK members to a point they have begun expressing their racial views once again in public. Reported by The Telegraph, a North Carolina market town saw KKK members making Nazi salutes and shouting "white power" just this month.
The documentary would feature several counterpoint characters including anti-hate activists such as Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Bryon Widner and ex-Ku Klux Klan member Arno Michaelis. Michaelis said that he and those who join hate organizations such as the KKK join because "they're suffering" and that truth enables him to respond to the aggression of hate groups with compassion.