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MTV’s ‘White People’ Documentary Draws Outrage, Shame and Laughs on Social Media

Film explores whiteness and white privilege in the United States

“White People,” the MTV documentary that explores the meaning of whiteness and racial identity in the United States, has drawn incredibly strong reactions online.

The film follows Pulitzer-Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas as he travels across the country and speaks with young people about racial identity and how it factors into their lives. It specifically addresses the concept of white privilege and how white people factor into the larger racial debate.

Vargas believes that white people cannot be excluded when we talk about race. “Too often I think when we talk about diversity or we talk about inclusion, we don’t include white people in the conversation,” he explained to TheWrap, adding that “diversity is the destiny of this country.”

Read some of the reactions below: