- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 9, 2015

A new MTV documentary titled “White People” follows five young white people from around the country and documents their experiences with racial identity.

The documentary, which premieres July 22, is filmed by journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007.

A trailer for the film purports to “change the way you think about white history” and ask the “very uncomfortable” questions about white privilege and “white frustration.”

“You say the wrong thing then suddenly you are a racist,” one white man says in the trailer.

“It feels like I’m being discriminated against,” one white woman says.

Mr. Vargas wrote in a Facebook post: “We cannot have an honest conversation about race in America until we explore and unpack what ‘whiteness’ and ‘white privilege’ mean in America. This is not an easy, simply or comfortable conversation. So let’s get uncomfortable. Let’s talk.”

Visitors to the film’s website can take the seven-day racial bias cleanse “that will provide you with the daily tasks that will help you begin to de-bias yourself.”

“Whiteness often remains unexamined in conversations about race in this country, even as it acts as the implicit norm against which other racial identities are judged,” MTV President Stephen Friedman wrote in a press release. “By shining a spotlight on whiteness, we hope ‘White People’ will serve as a powerful conversation starter that encourages our audience to address racial bias through honest, judgment-free dialogue.”


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