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A Ku Klux Klan Docuseries is Coming to U.S. Television

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Members of the Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan participate in the 11th Annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Birthday march in Pulaski, Tennessee, July 11, 2009. A docuseries on KKK members is coming to U.S. television in 2017. Spencer Platt/Getty

A new documentary series follow members of the Ku Klux Klan and their family members.

A&E has ordered eight episodes of Generation KKK , which is to air in the U.S. from January 10, reports the New York Times.

The Hollywood Reporter says that none of the subjects have their faces obscured in the show, and that the cast includes an “Imperial Wizard”—a high-ranking Klan member in a state—trying to recruit his daughter to join the white supremacy group. The series also features a former Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran whose white-power rhetoric influences his four-year-old son.

The series comes from This Is Just A Test, the production company behind the award-winning I Am Jazz , a TLC reality series that follows Jazz Jennings, a transgender teenager.

Executive producer Aengus James told the New York Times the goal of the docuseries was to attempt to show Klan members that their ideologies were misguided.

“We had a stance, and we were clear with folks that we were hoping for them to see the light and to come out of this world. It’s an incredibly destructive environment for anybody to be in, let alone children,” he said.

As well as filming various KKK members and their families, James and his team introduced them to anti-hate activists trying to persuade them to leave the Klan. Among them are Arno Michaelis, a self-proclaimed “former violent racist” who now works to help curb violent extremism.

News of the series has prompted criticism on Twitter:

A&E is no stranger to controversy. The cable network recently broadcast a documentary series starring the Hollywood actor and former Scientologist Leah Remini, Scientology and the Aftermath.

The show saw Remini speak about her own time as a member of the Church of Scientology and her departure in 2013. The Church of Scientology criticized the actor, saying, “she needs to quit promoting hatred and religious intolerance as a means to line her pockets.”

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