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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/9/2015 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Brainchild of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, show on MTV engages people in shame games

A new show on MTV, "White People" calls the nation's Caucasians to task for what it perceives to be "white privilege." The program follows five young white people to document their experiences with racial identity. The show is the brainchild of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, honored for his efforts covering the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. Critics have since come forward, saying that the project about racism is in fact racist - starting with its title.

The MTV show 'White People' depicts white people expressing regret about how they are desperate not to appear 'racist' or 'offend people.

The MTV show "White People" depicts white people expressing regret about how they are desperate not to appear "racist" or "offend people.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
7/9/2015 (4 years ago)

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Keywords: MTV, White People, white privilege, racsim


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Vargas, who has also worked for the Washington Post and the Huffington Post, depicts white people expressing regret about how they are desperate not to appear "racist" or "offend people.

The documentary forces its young protagonists "to internalize what they've done in America." Vargas also talks to young Native Americans who feel that European settlers did not "save the country.

"They are the ones who invaded. They are the ones who took," Vargas declares.



Critics say that the show is unbalanced and ignores certain statistical facts. Columnist Paul Joseph Watson says "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?

"How about the fact that despite being outnumbered by whites five to one, blacks commit eight times more crimes against whites than vice-versa?

"How about the fact that interracial rapes are almost exclusively black on white?" Watson says.

With the shoe firmly on the other foot, Watson adds, "Are black people going to be shown crying on camera having been shamed into taking responsibility for all of this? No, because that would be racist."

Responses to the video trailer on YouTube were derogatory. The clip receiving twice as many "thumbs down" in comparison to "thumbs up."

"I'm black, even I know this show is straight up racist. Only because it's stereotyping white people, all white INDIVIDUALS are not like that," wrote one respondent.

"You want an uncomfortable conversation on race? Let's talk about violent crime stats shall we? No? I get it, you only want white people to feel uncomfortable," added another.

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