MTV has been an unwatchable crapfest for more than a decade, but the enduring cable channel has always managed to retain relevance with America’s teen demographic. Considering the influence this gives them over impressionable youth, it makes their upcoming White People documentary all the more disturbing. The product of Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal immigrant and amnesty supporter, White People promises to make young white Americans “uncomfortable” about their race.
The documentary appears to feature Vargas and other instigators confronting white people about their privilege and racial history. And because the cameras are trained on teenagers likely still in high school, the propagandists find it exceptionally easy to manipulate them into feeling guilty about things over which they have no control.
The trailer is being obliterated with criticism on YouTube, but anyone who has spent time in YouTube comment sections will know to take that with a grain of salt. MTV isn’t interested in winning over internet comment boards; they want to influence the millions of young minds tuning into the broadcast.
But what are they accomplishing? What good does it do for white people in 2015 to cry over the sins of their ancestors? How does it help us move forward as a society? If no one can offer up an intelligent answer to these questions, then this is racist propaganda and nothing less. This is nothing more than an opportunity to widen the racial divide, enforce ethnic categories, and criticize white people for having the gall to exist.
Raising the Bar
If we want to make real changes in America, we should focus our attention on lifting minorities up rather than knocking whites down. Blacks, Hispanics, and other racial minorities benefit from the same historical atrocities that whites are being asked to confront. Are they excused from their privilege because they didn’t actively participate in the Native American genocide? Then why can’t modern whites be excused for the same reason?
And if whites cannot be excused, then what is the answer? Are whites supposed to voluntarily forgo their privilege? Should white job candidates step aside when up against minority challengers? Should Jeb Bush and Donald Trump stand aside for Ben Carson? What about MTV itself? The channel was built on white artists in the early 1980s. Should they release a statement denouncing their racist heritage?
We are never going to improve race relations in this country until we stop dwelling on our differences. There is not an American alive today that had anything to do with slavery. We need to stop talking about what divides us and start focusing on what unites us. Liberals are instead worsening racial relations at a time when America was just starting to move into a new era. By demonizing whites, they are losing the allies they need to create a truly post-racial society.
You don’t change the country by demand. You do it by slowly proving that the old ways of bigotry and racial tension are needless and unfounded. We all know slavery was wrong. We all regret the Trail of Tears. Enough.
It’s time to move on.