Working on the new MTV documentary "White People" has sent Pulitzer Prize-winning filmmaker and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas all over the United States. In his travels, he teamed up with 5 young people to dig deeper into what it really means to be white in our country and why it matters.
In the newest trailer, you meet the cast of young people who appear in the film -- and they bare it all. Sharing thoughts, feelings and personal stories about their race, they help Vargas further explore ideas like white privilege, affirmative action and racial identity: All with the goal of starting some real and honest conversations in a thoughtful, judgment-free environment.
One person Vargas spends time with is Samantha, a teacher on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota where there's a long history of tension between the Native American and white residents. With some insight from her fellow teachers and students, Samantha and Vargas look deeper into what it really means to be "the other" race and what everyone can learn from that experience.
These young people had to grapple with the role race plays in their lives -- something that can be difficult when it's something you don't have to think about it a lot. Vargas said that speaking with the young Native American students helped provide a bit more perspective on what being white represents from the outside.
"That was really overwhelming to experience, 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," Vargas said. "They are the ones who invaded. They are the ones who took."
Be sure to check out "White People" when it airs on Wednesday, July 22 at 8/7 c. on MTV. OR you can also check it out on MTV.com, the MTV App, MTV’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. And , if you miss that, you can still get it Thursday (July 23) morning on iTunes, Amazon and MTV’s Video On Demand services. It's a must-see, y'all.
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