MTV’s White People Documentary Is Filled With White Tears

Scene from White People
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Scene from White People
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MTV, the cesspool of catfishing and teen baby mamas, is now attempting to tackle a subject that is near and dear to a lot of people’s hearts: white privilege, not to be confused with white power. Well, actually, I take that back. They’re quite similar. Coupled with the fact that some white people are uncomfortable discussing race.


Jose Vargas is delving into white privilege for MTV’s documentary White People. Yeah, that title took a lot of thought. The documentary is a look inside the lives of white people, particularly young millennials, and their issues with discussing race and privilege. The white people featured in the documentary come from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common: They all seem like a bunch of whiny white people.

You witness white people whining about being accused of being racist.

You witness white people whining about being discriminated against.

You witness white people whining about having a sense of ownership.

Woe is the white people.

Now, did MTV really need to spend money on such a documentary? Probably not, but why not sensationalize what you can come across every day on platforms like Twitter and Facebook?

White People is the road to hell that is paved with white tears and good intentions. Sure, Vargas and his MTV cohorts are trying to shed light on just how white people refuse to accept the fact that there is truly such a thing as white privilege and, if they already accept that fact, that it doesn’t make it right.

Maybe there will be some sort of racial reckoning in the documentary. Maybe one of the white participants will loan his or her white privilege to an honorary black friend?

At one point in the documentary, a white person expresses how uncomfortable it is to discuss race. Too bad he doesn’t realize how uncomfortable racism actually is when you’re on the receiving end of it.

The moral of the story? Not every white person can be Tim Wise