Re: "MTV asks, 'What's up with white people?" (TNT, 7-18).
The MTV documentary, “White People," was made by filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas. There was a problem: “normal” white people would not talk about race because they didn’t think race was a problem.
Vargas said, “What I fear is the silence, the indifference, the ignorance …” of white people. Vargas prejudges whites as ignorant and then apparently expects penance from the whites and a story to fit his agenda.
A recent MTV poll reported that four-fifths of white families taught their young to be colorblind. Nevertheless, MTV believes that whites need to be further educated by the media. It sent a minority filmmaker to define the whites’ feelings. The normal whites Vargas filmed represent the majority of Americans as defined by MTV’s poll.
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Vargas has demonstrated he is incapable of fairly representing most Americans, as he terms Americans ignorant.
It would be refreshing to have the media support Charleston, South Carolina, after nine blacks were murdered in their church. The whole Charleston community forgave the killer and marched in the streets in the thousands with signs proclaiming love, not hate. Blacks and whites marched arm in arm in solidarity.