TV tonight: ‘KKK: Beneath the Hood,’ a look at the modern day clan

The KKK once had 5 million proud members at the height of its popularity

Photo: Wikimedia/KKK: Beneath the Hood

WASHINGTONMarch 20, 2013 —Tonight Discovery Channel is airing “KKK: Beneath the Hood.” The special includes in-depth interviews from KKK leaders, including associates of the largest surviving organizations who reveal their true identities and open up about their lives and beliefs as clan members. 

According to The Southern Poverty Law Center, the KKK’s membership has fallen off to around just 5000 members. That’s a far cry from the clan’s heyday when it boasted as many as 5 million members. But that doesn’t mean they have changed their agenda, or dropped the hate filled rhetoric that is their calling card for disenfranchised bigots and racists everywhere.

In light of recent developments, “KKK: Beneath the Hood” could not be timelier. Last month the Memphis, Tenn. City Council voted to change the names of three city parks. In response to the renaming of Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, Jefferson Davis Park and Confederate Park, the KKK has scheduled a protest on March 30th. A spokesman for the clan identified only as Edward has promised that thousands of members will show up for the protest.

In a city that is 62% African-American, it’s amazing the names of the parks weren’t changed long ago. Equally amazing is the fact that the KKK would choose to show up and protest in a predominantly African-American community like Memphis. The only thing intriguing about the story is how many clan members will actually attend, and how the people of Memphis will react.

I suspect the only fear will be felt by the few clan members who actually do show up. The ultimate irony may be the clan depending on law enforcement to protect them.

Picture a couple dozen idiots in robes marching down a street lined on each side with law enforcement to protect them, and you have a good idea of what will go down in Memphis.

But, it only takes one nutcase in a truck filled with explosives to change the current laughable persona of the KKK. Watching “KKK: Beneath the Hood” tonight may shed some light on what the current clan has up its sleeve. It’s always best to know the mind of your enemy, no matter how small it may be, so I’ll be watching.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) Axl feels embarrassed when he and Sue are asked to work on a school project together; Brick’s school therapist (Dave Foley) tries to help him make friends.

CBS: Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorites: (New) A shake-up with the tribes takes place and it creates chaos and new alliances. It also throws the game off balance due to a strength disparity between the Gota and Bikal tribes.

FOX: American Idol: (New) Season twelve’s finalists perform.

NBC: Whitney: (New) Whitney and Alex engage in a contest to see who can take the most inappropriate photo.

CW: Arrow: (New) With his nightclub set to open and a new romance brewing with McKenna (guest star Janina Gavankar); Oliver is as happy as he’s been since returning to Starling City. But when Oliver’s ex, The Huntress (guest star Jessica De Gouw), suddenly returns to town, she threatens to destroy everything and everyone he cares about.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: The Neighbors: (New) Debbie is ecstatic when a businesswoman (Bethenny Frankel) offers to help revitalize her purse business; Jackie jumps in to help, but soon she and Debbie realize they are in way over their heads.

NBC: Whitney: (Repeat) Alex pines for time by himself, so he lies to Whitney about leaving to attend a tech seminar. When Whitney discovers the truth, she puts both of them in couple’s counseling. Elsewhere, R.J.’s 8-year-old niece grows fond of Roxanne, to Lily’s surprise.

9 p.m.

ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) When Gloria’s mother and sister visit, they bring traditions, baby names and family baggage; Phil helps the kids with their problems; Mitchell and Cameron try to correct Lily’s bad habits.

CBS: Criminal Minds: (New) The BAU investigates victims who were documenting their personal lives and inner desires on blog posts and social media. Also, Kevin gets jealous when he learns Garcia may have a new love interest.

NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: (New) The detectives investigate accusations against their old friend, Brian Cassidy. Meanwhile, Benson’s secret man is revealed. Dean Winters guest stars.

CW: Supernatural: (New) Castiel reappears in Sam and Dean’s life and tells them Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) has unleashed several demons into a small town. The demons are looking for Lucifer’s Crypt, which holds a valuable asset, but Castiel lies to Sam and Dean about what it is.

9:30 p.m.

ABC: Suburgatory: (New) When Dallas fears she will never compare to Alex, George’s ex, she seeks solace in Jill Werner — and carbs; Tessa thinks she has lost her youthful vigor; Noah uncovers a secret about his psychiatrist.

10 p.m.

ABC: Nashville: (Repeat) Juliette plans a surprise birthday party for Deacon; as Teddy and Rayna’s divorce moves forward, speculation about Rayna’s fidelity ramps up; Scarlett is charmed by Gunnar’s brother.

CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (New) The CSIs join David Phillips at his high school reunion when he discovers the prom queen’s been murdered.

NBC: Chicago Fire: (New) Severide’s father continues to unearth the past while Peter Mills investigates the truth behind his father’s death.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

KKK: Beneath the Hood at 8 p.m. on DSC

The Rachel Zoe Project at 8 p.m. on BRAVO

Property Brothers at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman at 9 p.m. on SCI

Haunted Collector at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Hoarding: Buried Alive at 9 p.m. on TLC

Boston’s Finest at 9 p.m. on TNT

Duck Dynasty at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on A&E

Weed Country at 10 p.m. on DSC

Restaurant Stakeout at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

The Americans at 10 p.m. on FX

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

Rise of the Continents at 10 p.m. on SCI

My Strange Addiction at 10 p.m. on TLC

Southland at 10 p.m. on TNT

Food Paradise at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel

Psych at 10 p.m. on USA

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Shining on BBC

Billy Madison on ENC

The Ninth Gate on FLIX

America’s Sweethearts on FLIX

Taken on FX

American Winter on HBO

Bachelor Party on IFC

For All Mankind on TCM

9 p.m.

John Carter on STARZ

My Week with Marilyn on SHO

Arthur on HBO

A Walk to Remember on ABCFAM

Later tonight:

Friday Night Lights at 9:30 p.m. on ENC

2010 at 9:30 p.m. on TCM

Your Highness at 9:50 p.m. on MOMAX

The Others at 10:15 p.m. on FLIX

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