A&E makes changes to its KKK series amid complaints, boycott talk

A&E has announced some changes to its upcoming KKK series amid sharp criticism and talk of boycotting the network.

Instead of “Generation KKK” the new series, debuting Jan. 8, will be called “Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America”

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Noted Variety: “The cable channel also has sealed a new partnership with civil-rights group Color of Change. The organization will produce segments featuring civil-rights leaders to help provide context to the documentary.”

Actress Holly Robinson Peete is among the prominent critics of the new program:

Ellen Pompeno appreciated the reboot:

And actor Wendell Pierce called for a boycott:

From the beginning A&E said it was not in any way showing support to the Klan, but rather seeking to expose its practices and highlight the struggle of some members to leave:

“The series follows four families: an ‘Imperial Wizard who hopes to groom his teenage daughter to take his place; an Iraq war veteran and proud member of the KKK determined to raise his four-year-old son to embrace his views; a young man who sees his close friend and Klan leader as the father he never had, asked to pledge his loyalty to the KKK; and a fifth-generation Klan family struggling to keep up the legacy,” A&E said in a statement. “The series will also follow a network of anti-hate and peace activists working to break the cycle by helping to convince members to leave the hate group. The team consists of Daryle Lamont Jenkins, the co-founder of One People’s Project, an organization that monitors and investigates hate groups; speaker, author and peace educator Arno Michaelis, a former skinhead who joined the white power movement at the age of 16; and Bryon Widner, a reformed Neo-Nazi and subject of the documentary Erasing Hate, who spent sixteen years as a skinhead until he realized the environment wasn’t best for his son. These activists develop deep relationships with Klan families attempting to convince them to hang up their robes and finally leave the group for good.””

 

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