MTV To Air Controversial Program About White Privilege (Video)

MTV is planning to air a documentary,"White People," which follows five young white people who are forced to confront their "white privilege," a political buzzword used to describe the advantages that white people purportedly enjoy because of the human rights crimes perpetrated by their ancestors on non-white people (video below).

A trailer for the program features white people talking about how difficult it is to watch what they say in today's society for fear of being called a racist.

The program is produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and will air on July 22, reports Uproxx.com.

The documentary also shows the anger of Native American students who believe their history lessons portray white people too positively (video below).

Vargas spoke to MTV about that segment:

"That was really overwhelming to kind of experience. When you talk to the young people, the young Native Americans of that high school, they don’t necessarily think that the European were settlers who saved this country. They are the ones who invaded. They are the ones who took."

One Native American girl is asked by Vargas what she thinks when she hears the word, "whites," and she replies, "They're mean to us so much."

In another trailer (video below), a group of white people debate the Confederate flag and what it symbolizes.

On the YouTube page of the main trailer there have been numerous comments posted about the program:

"White people have become what Jews were in Nazi Germany. The people you can openly demonize and blame for everything."

"In the interests of balance, when will Vargas be fronting a show called 'Black People' that collectively blames all black people for black crime statistics, including the fact that black people in America commit over half of homicides despite making up only 13 per cent of the population?"

"If being white is so bad ... why do the other races dress and try to act and look white?"

"An example of institutionalised (sic) racism would be the abhorrent anti-black emails being sent back and forth in the Ferguson police department."

"OH MY GOSH, PEOPLE, THE SHOW HASN'T EVEN F****** COME OUT YET, CHILL OUT. At least they are giving white people a platform to talk about these things, instead of internalizing these things. And maybe they might learn to see through another perspective. They are doing more than us in that respect."

Sources: Uproxx.com, MTV, YouTube
Image Credit: MTV Screenshot


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