MTV’s ‘White People’ Tackles Race Debate With Uncomfortable Questions

By Meghna Subhedhar | 1 year ago

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MTV is launching a new documentary as part of its Emmy Award winning “look different” campaign. It is going to delve deep into white people’s perception of race relations and racism in the modern world. The Jose Antonio Vargas film is part of MTV cable channel’s new programming this year.


MTV is going to broadcast the documentary as part of its ongoing anti-bias campaign. The documentary is being directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas. ‘White People,” will be a one of a kind documentary which will explore how young white people perceive racism, whiteness, and racial identity in the modern day multiracial America.

The documentary is going to explore the all-important question, “what’s it really like to be white?” With this new documentary, Jose Antonio Vargas and MTV set to find out what young Caucasian men and women want to talk about when they are allowed to talk openly and honestly about race.

“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,” Stephen Friedman, president of MTV, told the press. “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.”

The teaser trailer shows rushes of Vargas’s film about people and conversations across America. The people who participated were mostly white Millennials of varying social, economic, and educational backgrounds. The film focuses mostly on the conversation with five white people, Samantha, Katy, Lucas, John and Dakota.These young white people share their thoughts on white privilege, affirmative action, and racial identity in modern America.

“White People” was directed and executive produced by Jose Antonio Vargas. The TV film airs Wednesday, July 22 at 8 p.m. on MTV. “White People” will simultaneously be made available on, the MTV App, MTV’s Facebook page and its YouTube channel, as well as the following morning on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and MTV’s Video On Demand services.