A&E is bringing viewers into the world of the Ku Klux Klan.
The network announced Monday it will follow four Klan-affiliated families across eight one-hour episodes of Generation KKK, a new docuseries comprised of footage shot from within the notorious hate group. Each of the program’s central families contains a member seeking to exit the group, which, according to a press release, has seen membership numbers grow in the last year.
Generation KKK‘s subjects include an Imperial Wizard grooming his teenage daughter to inherit his position, an Iraq war veteran raising his 4-year-old son to adopt the group’s bigoted views, a young man who sees his Klan leader as a father figure, and a fifth-generation Klan family continuing the legacy of their ancestors.
The series will also document the activity of various anti-hate groups and peace activists attempting to lead members away from the Klan, like Daryle Lamont Jenkins, the co-founder of One People’s Project, who investigates hate group dealings; peace educator Arno Michaelis, a former skinhead who previously joined the white power movement as a teenager; and Bryon Widner, subject of the documentary Erasing Hate, a reformed neo-Nazi who left the skinheads after 16 years in the hopes of forging a better life for his son.
“This series gives viewers an unprecedented look at what it is like to be born into hate,” said Rob Sharenow, EVP and general manager of A&E and Lifetime, via 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.”
Generation KKK premieres Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 p.m. ET on A&E.