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A&E Cancels Docuseries ‘Escaping the KKK’ Before Airing

The Documentary Project was Originally Called 'Generation KKK'

Earlier this week, A&E announced an upcoming docuseries focused on the Klu Klux Klan initially called “Generation KKK.” The title was changed to “Escaping the KKK” and it was set to debut on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. According to the cable net, “’Escaping the KKK’” was intended to serve as a close look at anti-hate extractors focused on helping people leave the Ku Klux Klan—the racist hate group with a long history of violence against African Americans and others. This goal with this series has always been to expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms. “

However, after A&E learned from the third-party producers who made the documentary that cash payments were made in the field to some participants in order to facilitate access, it opted not to move forward with the series. According to a statement by A&E: “While we stand behind the intent of the series and the seriousness of the content, these payments are a direct violation of A&E’s policies and practices for a documentary. We had previously provided assurances to the public and to our core partners – including the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change – that no payment was made to hate group members, and we believed that to be the case at the time. We have now decided not to move forward with airing this project.”

Added the cable network: “A&E takes the authenticity of its documentary programming and the subject of racism, hatred and violence very seriously. Just because this particular show goes away, the issues of hate in America do not. We will still seek to fight hate in America through on-air programming including town halls and documentary programs produced in partnership with civil rights organizations, as well as continue to work with the civil rights community to facilitate a deeper dialogue on ending hate through comprehensive educational and outreach campaigns.”