A&E’s upcoming documentary series will delve into the Ku Klux Klan.
The series has been in the works for more than a year and a half, with cameras following members of the Klan, and an A&E spokesperson confirmed to Variety on Sunday that the network has issued an eight-episode order for “Generation KKK.” It will premiere on Jan. 10.
The series, according to the New York Times, which first reported the news, will try to balance showing the lives of high-ranking Klan members and their families without endorsing the views of the KKK. “We certainly didn’t want the show to be seen as a platform for the views of the KKK,” Rob Sharenow, general manager of A&E, told the Times. “The only political agenda is that we really do stand against hate.”
Along with members of the Klan, the series will also include anti-hate activists Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Arno Michaelis, and Bryon Widner, who will try to convince members of the group to leave, or at least not force their children into the KKK.
The documentary comes at a time when political tensions are high, to say the least. Former Klan leader David Duke made headlines when he openly endorsed President-elect Donald Trump, saying in February that voting against Trump is “treason.” After being pressed by reporters on whether or not he would disavow Duke, Trump said at a news conference later that month, “Okay, all right. I disavow, okay?”
Still, racial divides continued as a recurring theme in a brutal election. The so-called “alt right,” a group mixing racism, white nationalism, and populism, gained prominence over the past year, and Trump came under fire again when the KKK’s official newspaper endorsed him for president. The Anti-Defamation League calls the KKK “a racist, anti-Semitic movement with a commitment to extreme violence to achieve its goals of racial segregation and white supremacy.”
It’s only the latest big move in nonfiction for A&E, which made waves with its recently debuted “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” and won an Emmy for “Born This Way,” which followed young adults with Down syndrome.