MTV to Air ‘White People’ Documentary Hosted by Illegal Immigrant

Melanie Arter | July 13, 2015 | 10:11am EDT
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Jose Antonio Vargas is shown on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo)

MTV plans to air a documentary hosted by an illegal immigrant that explores “what it means to be young and white.”

“Many white people feel uncomfortable talking about race,” the trailer says.

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

“Let’s get uncomfortable,” the trailer says.

The film, which is set to air on July 22, is hosted by Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal immigrant and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was raised in the Philippines.


According to MTV network executives, the show is designed to challenge “whiteness” and help “address racial bias through honest, judgment-free dialogue,” the UK Daily Mail reports.

“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,” the Daily Mail quoted MTV President Stephen Friedman as saying in a statement.

“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,” Friedman added.

“If I bring up any sort of race issue with my parents, they immediately think that I’m demonizing them,” one young woman says in the trailer.

“How might your life be different if you weren’t white?” the host asks.


“In a documentary that will change the way you think about white history, white frustration, white privilege,” the trailer says.

Some who have viewed the trailer on YouTube say it is a way of shaming white people, but Vargas says that’s not the case.

According to Vargas, “White People is not ‘publicly shaming’ whites. That’s not the goal.

“Goal is to spark constructive conversations,” Vargas said in a Tweet.

H/T UK Daily Mail

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