NBCUniversal-owned pay-TV channel Oxygen will debut the two hour special Uncovered: Killed by Hate this fall, which takes an in-depth look at some of the country’s “most brutal” hate crimes.
The series — produced by unscripted and reality-focused prodco Renegade 83, an eOne company — explores how far the U.S. has come since the Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law by former President Barack Obama in 2009, nearly a decade after the murders of James Byrd Jr. and Matthew Shepard.
On June 7, 1998, Byrd, an African American, was murdered by three white supremacists in Jasper, Texas. Four months later, on Oct. 6, Matthew Shepard, an openly gay student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten, tortured and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming.
Uncovered: Killed by Hate features survivors, victims’ families, eyewitnesses and the investigators, weaved with news footage and archival video shot by people on the scene of hate crimes.
A sobering look at the evolution of hate in America, the series explores the escalation through online and social media. Though, it shines a light on the activism and nationwide mobilization that has sent the message “love is greater than hate,” Oxygen said in a statement.
Uncovered: Killed by Hate premieres Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.