There’s nothing like a little conversation about race to get your day started, right? Well filmmaker, activist and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas thinks so. He and MTV have been working on what I think is going to be a very important documentary, and it airs in just two weeks. “White People” has already gotten a lot of people talking, and after watching the trailer, I definitely need to share it with you.
I think this doc comes right on time. In 2015, talking about race has become less taboo, but not any less necessary. We’re having these hard conversations because honestly, we simply can’t escape them.
We’re having real dialogue about racism, white privilege, and a corrupt justice system on a regular basis, and I think this documentary is going to do a great job of forcing people to do some self evaluation, and possibly come up with some solutions.
“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 said. “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.”
What I find most interesting about this clip is how uncomfortable many of these people are when having to acknowledge the fact that they have privilege. That’s always been an interesting phenomenon to me. Having someone call you out on your privilege is seen as an attack, and not as something that you can accept, and moving forward, help to eradicate. It’s almost like they’ve somehow become the victim. And I can’t help but wonder what they feel they’re the victim OF? I hope that what comes out of this is enlightenment, healing and positive change for all those involved.
You can catch “White People” on MTV on July 22nd at 8 PM. It will also be available on MTV.com as well as their Youtube channel.
What do you think? Does this look good?