In Response to Protest A&E Revamps ‘Generation KKK’ – Changes Title + Partners Up with Color of Change Organization + More

AP

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Building upon the pre-existing partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the country’s oldest and largest Jewish civil rights organization, A&E Network has announced an expansion of their commitment to exposing hate through new and enhanced relationships with some of the country’s leading civil rights organizations, including a new partnership with Color Of Change, the leading next-generation African American civil rights organization with over 1 million members.

Building upon the planned PSA campaign with the ADL, A&E will feature in-show content provided by civil rights leaders between segments that gives further context to what viewers are seeing on air. The network will also produce and air a Town Hall-style show to facilitate deeper dialogue about ending hate in America. Color Of Change will also join the ADL and A&E in helping to develop viewer guides and educational curriculum to help viewers discuss the difficult subject matter and learn how they can get involved to help.

Additionally, in consultation with our partners at the ADL and Color Of Change, the network is changing the name of the show to ensure that no one can mistake its intent and that the title alone does not serve to normalize the Klan. The new title: “Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America” better reflects our longstanding intention and the content itself. “Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America” will premiere on January 10th at 10pm ET/PT on A&E.

“We are glad to have some of the country’s leading civil rights organizations, including the ADL, Color of Change and others as partners in this effort, and look forward to working together to impact hate in America. We feel that this new title and enhanced partnerships, the in-show and after-show components and our outreach plan more broadly reflect the existing anti-hate content of the series and our longstanding intention. That goal is to expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms and we appreciate the valuable feedback we have received,” said Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President & General Manager of A&E and Lifetime.

“After reviewing the promotions and episodes and participating in substantive conversations with A&E executives, we are pleased to see that the network is taking seriously concerns that the show – newly titled ‘Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America’ – required important additional components – such as specific in-show educational context and content and a post-show town hall as we both want to work together to ensure that it did not normalize and humanize racism and white supremacy. Black communities know all too well how perpetuating stereotypes and hateful rhetoric can empower a racist and violent agenda. At Color Of Change we recognize the power of TV and media images and our work is rooted in creating a less harmful and hostile world for Black people and all people. We look forward to seeing updated content that adds further context to the episodes, and working closely with A&E on programming that articulates the network’s intention of reversing racial hatred and violence, as well as finding ways to work with A&E and anyone else to end the rise of white supremacy and the hateful and violent tactics of the organizations that advance this ideology,” said Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change.

“Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America” follows several family members who work with anti-hate “extractors” in order to help themselves or their family leave the Klan. It is a documentary about real people: those who are looking for a pathway out hatred and supremacy. This expands A&E’s existing commitment to addressing the complex issues of race and hatred in America following last year’s “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America.” The event was created by A&E after a gunman walked into Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston and took the lives of nine innocent people, simply because of their race. The event raised awareness and funds for organizations and individuals around the country that are bringing diverse groups together, working to eliminate bias, and making progress on race.

Below, watch the 8-minute preview of the upcoming 8-part series which premieres on January 10th at 10 PM ET/PT on A&E.



3 Comments

  1. All good moves. I applaud their effort. Though considering how glaringly well known the KKK’s assault on black people in particular has been over the years, one would think that A&E would have reached out to a group like Color of Change first. Nothing wrong with the ADFL, because hate is hate. I’m just saying.

  2. It’s still giving a platform to a terrorist group. Black people were the overwhelming majority of the victims terrorized by the KKK, yet we were not consulted about this program until the very last minute; and only after significant backlash. In Trump’s America – though expected – it is still jarring to see such overt acceptance of White supremacy.

  3. I agree with Q.B. This is still a show of force revolving around White Supremacy. It does’t matter the intent or direction of the content. As a minority, I still take issue with the fact that a Network can only find relevance in the perspectives of “White/Anglo” America. Why not produce a show revolved around people who are engaged and involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Why is there zero interest or even fear of backlash over an insider’s perspective of the KKK? As usual, the lowest common denomintor is being considered and catered to. The majority of the USA doesn’t need to be educated about Race-prejudice or the evil that hate produces. We all know this quite well. A&E would make for a much more valuable and educational platform if they conveyed the realities that actively exist for minorities and, in particular, Black culture, in the United States. The KKK is a representation of a systemic and symbolic vehicle of oppression but they do not impact people on the ground in the same level of real consistency as our Police forces, our elected officials who create and establish legislation (and on occasion use that power to suppress the less fortunate, disenfranchised, etc.), our next door neighbors. The ones who don’t wear a bed sheet or a pointy hood. They were suits and are armed with cell phones and a gun permit. Its “nice” to have Color Of Change on board and giving them segment time in between the actual show. But, like QB wrote, it only came after a firestorm of protest over social media and otherwise. No thanks A&E. You’re not doing the public any favors by continuing to put White folks on a grandiose pedestal (TV) while consistently ignoring everyone else. All due to your understanding of ratings and who the guaranteed couch potatoes are in this country.

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