Amid the increased racial turmoil across the country, the A&E Network has decided to enter the conversation. The cable station has announced that it will air a KKK reality show in January 2017 called “Generation KKK.”
Many are questioning why the network is giving a platform to an organization that has a violent and virulent racist history. In 2016, the campaign of President-elect Trump saw the KKK and other White supremacist organizations gain unprecedented national attention as they coalesced around his false narrative of “Make America Great Again.” The media has documented Trump supporters giving the Nazi hand salute and yelling “Hail Victory” which is the English translation of the Nazi refrain “Sieg Heil” repeated by supporters of WWII genocidal maniac, Adolf Hitler.
Featured in the upcoming program, according to Hollywood media, will be many stories of KKK members who will not have their faces obscured. Episodes will include an Imperial Wizard trying to recruit his daughter into the KKK, an Iraq war veteran indoctrinating his 4-year-old son with racist rhetoric and a fifth-generation Klan family trying to recruit a close family friend.
The series comes at a time of increased hate crimes across the country. The number of hateful racist attacks on Blacks and Muslims in America have demonstrably increased during the Trump campaign and his election to the presidency. The attacks have ranged from signs and verbal abuse to physical attacks on people and communities that go against the Trump intolerance doctrine. The Southern Poverty Law Center released information that shows just how volatile the situation is getting. There have been at least 300 hate-related incidents that have occurred since Trump won the election. In addition, the FBI reports that hate crimes against Muslims have increased 67 percent in the period that spans 2014-2015.