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A&E Set To Debut KKK Docu-Series Soon.

A highly anticipated new documentary series, which will take viewers through the daily lives and events of the Ku Klux Klan and its existing members, is set to debut early next month.

"Generation KKK" will be broadcast on the A&E network beginning Jan. 10 as an eight-part documentary series, the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/18/arts/television/inside-the-ku-klux-klan-with-an-ae-documentary-series.html) reported Sunday. The series will cast a look at the "high-ranking Klan members and their families" and delve into how the Klan operates today and recruits youth.

"The struggles we were most drawn to were the struggles with the internal families," Aengus James, an executive producer of the television series, told the Times. "We had a stance, as 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."

Following the announcement of the show's air date, Twitter users spoke out against the controversial show, with some users accusing the docu-series of "normalizing" racism.

Ahead of the series' premiere, here are several quick facts about the documentary and the Ku Klux Klan.

* The series has been more than a year and a half in the making, coinciding with the presidential election when nationalist and white supremacist groups began to publically pledge their support for Donald Trump, the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/18/arts/television/inside-the-ku-klux-klan-with-an-ae-documentary-series.html) noted in its review. 

* Anti-hate activists, including Daryle Lamont Jenkins, will make an appearance in the series.

* The series will follow the "Imperial Wizard of the North Mississippi White Knights" Steven Howard and a "Grand Knighthawk with the North

Georgia White Knights" chapter, Chris Buckley, among others, according to the New York Times.

* In recent years, the Southern Poverty Law Center ((https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2016/year-hate-and-extremism) SPLC ) noted an increase in the Klan's numbers. Between 2014 and 2015, chapters grew from 72 to 190.

* The Klan was first founded in 1866 in Tennessee, (http://www.history.com/topics/ku-klux-klan) according to History.com.

* High ranking leaders in the Klan are given names like "Exalted Cyclops" and "Grand Dragon."

* The Klan was revived, following a steady decline, during the early 20th century by Protestant nativists, and sought to denounce "immigrants, Catholics, Jews, blacks and organized labor," according to History.com.

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