MTV is rolling out promo for White People, a new documentary from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, which will tackle what it means to be white as well as what whiteness means to others.
Similar to Whitney Dow’s Whiteness Project that aired on PBS, White People seeks to be a step toward racial reconciliation through uncomfortable questions and honesty.
It follows five young white people from around the country, opening up about white privilege, affirmative action, and their notions of racial identity in modern America.
“What I hope this film does is get us closer to the fuller reckoning and history of this country which as yet to be really told,” said Vargas who won a Pulitzer for covering the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. Watch the trailer below.
“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,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “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.”
White People was directed and executive produced by Vargas. Erika Clarke served as an executive producer along with Craig D’Entrone and Amelia D’Entrone for Punched In The Head Productions, and Stephen Friedman and Betsy Forhan for MTV.
The film will air as part of MTV’s Emmy-winning “Look Different” campaign on Wednesday, July 22 at 8:00pm ET/PT. Watch it in full below.