MTV has announced plans to air a project that examines race — an especially timely announcement considering the recent controversy over former NAACP Chapter President Rachel Dolezal, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
The project is the documentary “White People, from Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.
“The documentary will explore race, whiteness and how young white people perceive their racial identity in an increasingly multiracial America,” THR reports. “The project follows Vargas around the country as he uncovers stories of five young white people from various backgrounds as well as many more young people who take part in conversations at their local schools and community centers about race.”
In addition to premiering July 22 on the linear channel, “White People” will be distributed via MTV.com, the MTV App, MTV’s Facebook page and its YouTube channel, THR notes.
Said MTV President Stephen Friedman: “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. 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.”