MTV is announcing the launch of a new program called “White People” in which “kids talk ‘whiteness’ in their own lives” and “explore ideas like white privilege, affirmative action and racial identity.”
And it’s being blasted by multitudes as racist.
“Let’s make a show called ‘Black People’ oh wait, that’d be racist,” one commenter on the show’s YouTube trailer page said.
Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars described the show as “publicly shaming” young white Americans.
“This is not a joke,” he wrote. “The documentary is hosted by Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal immigrant and amnesty activist who has worked for the Washington Post.
“In the interests of balance, when 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 percent 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?” he wrote.
“How about the Barbary slave trade, under which over one million white Christian Europeans were enslaved in North Africa until the middle of the 18th century?
“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. But according to MTV and Vargas, subjecting someone to trial by media purely because of their skin color is perfectly acceptable – so long as they are white.”
MTV’s promotion for the program, by Katherine Speller, explains Vargas traveled “all over the United States.”
“In his travels, he teamed up with five young people to dig deeper into what it really means to be white in our country and why it matters.”
They discuss “white privilege, affirmative action and racial identity: All with the goal of starting some real and honest conversations in a thoughtful, judgment-free environment.”
Speller explains how Vargas spent time with “Samantha,” a teacher on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
“Samantha and Vargas look deeper into what it really means to be ‘the other’ race and what everyone can learn from that experience,” she wrote.
Vargas validated resentments that appear to date back centuries.
“When you talk to the young people, the young Native Americans, of that high school, they don’t necessarily think the European settlers are settlers who saved this country,” he said. “They are the ones who invaded. They are the ones who took.”
Here’s a sampling of the show:
MTV also posted an explanation of “Why It’s Not Racist To Talk About White Privilege.”
“If you hear these ideas out, do a little reflecting and take some time to hear the stories of people who encounter racism every day, you may start to see that talking about privilege helps everyone take steps toward a better future,” Speller advised.
She explained racism is “not necessarily a thing you do, it’s a system you’re born into. …Sure, people of color can be prejudiced against white people, but it’s not the same thing as racism…”
She elaborated: “You might’ve had a hard life – but if you’re white, your race is not one of the things that influenced your hardships … Talking about privilege just helps put a name to the problems that could otherwise fly under the radar because most privileged people don’t even notice that their privileges exist.”
But Watson and a flood of comments on YouTube, where “thumbs-down” outnumbered “thumbs-up” by about 2-1, were having none of it.
“I bet if it was called ‘black people’ … I’m willing to bet in under 2 days it would be taken off of MTV,” wrote Jason Viper, one among more than 4,000 who joined the conversation.
Eva Amaliza added, “I’m black, even I know this show is straight up racist.”
Entertainment Weekly called the idea “uncomfortable.”
“Did we mention it’s uncomfortable?” EW asked.
At Vulture was the comment, “As long as you go in expecting zero solutions and plenty of cringing, ‘White People’ might not warrant as much eye-rolling as its trailer suggests.”
MTV President Stephen Friedman was quoted saying, “We hope ‘White People’ will serve as a powerful conversation starter that encourages our audience to address racial bias through honest, judgment-free dialogue.”
But the Refinery29 blog wrote, “The tension involved in racial dialogues is apparent even in the trailer.”
Salon noted that if you “just enjoy watching white people cry … this one may be for you.”
WND has reported for years on the teaching of “white privilege,” including just weeks ago when a black professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University took to the opinion pages of the Tennessean to slam white people, saying they are at fault for all the unrest in Baltimore.
Tony Brown wrote: White people act “routinely to harm, demean and damage black and brown people” and their actions “explain the lofty levels of frustration and despair among black and brown youth,” the Daily Caller reported.
One bullet point read, the Blaze reported: “Race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans or to how white privilege affects them. To be white in America means not having to think about it.”
WND commentator Walter Williamscondemned the instructions of the political agenda in public schools.
“What would you think if your 8-year-old came home and told you that ‘white privilege is something that white people have, meaning they have an advantage in a lot of things and they can get a job more easily’? You would have heard that at the recent 15th annual White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, attended by 2,500 public-school teachers, administrators and students from across the nation,” he wrote.
He described it as “propaganda and lunacy.”
“Jacqueline Battalora, professor of sociology and criminal justice at Saint Xavier University, informed conference participants that ‘white people did not exist before 1681.’ Again, white people did not exist on planet earth until 1681,” he wrote.
“That’s truly incredible. If professor Battalora is correct, how are we to identify William Shakespeare (1564), Sir Isaac Newton (1642), John Locke (1632), Leonardo da Vinci (1452) and especially dear Plato (428 B.C.)? Were these men people of color, or did they not exist?”
He continued: “I can’t imagine people being stupid enough to believe all that was said at the White Privilege Conference. There’s something else at work. I think it’s white guilt. That’s why, for almost three decades, there has appeared on my website a certificate of amnesty and pardon that I’ve granted to Americans of European ancestry in the hope that they stop feeling guilty and stop acting like fools.