The Triumph of MTV’s “White People”


An exciting new program will debut on MTV July 22 called “White People.” As the trailer (below) suggests, the show seeks to examine white privilege through the eyes of young caucasians, all of whom in my view certainly have a clear advantage over African Americans, Latinos, and perhaps even some Asians in terms of smarts, education, and job opportunities, simply because of the color of their skin and the fact that in America skin color almost invariably equates to socio-economic privilege.

It’s hard to believe that fifty years after the Voting Rights Act racism is still buried deep in the hearts of white America, as this documentary suggests and as is similarly evident in the appalling Charleston shooting rampage last month.

This show really looks like it will hit the mark because it does something I do in my college classroom on a routine basis, and that’s dress down privileged whites like myself to stop and think about how advantaged they are, simply because they are “white” (or white with freckles).

“We’ve never had to internalize what white people have done in America,” one of “White People’s” interviewee ponders, “but here you can’t escape that.” Words can’t convey the gravity of such a profound insight.

It’s true. If whites didn’t want to perpetuate slavery there simply would have been no Civil War, and the Great Emancipator wouldn’t have been slain. And look at the nation’s industrial and political leaders–all white men who justified their rule on a flawed social scientific paradigm suggesting that non-whites were somehow undeserving of “the higher learning.” Thank goodness for projects such as Planned Parenthood.

And a “shout out” to our immigrant and hemispheric brothers and sisters from Latin America now given the opportunity to attend college in many US states essentially tuition free. That’s progress. But why isn’t that opporutnity extended to other non-whites to further equal the playing field and help defeat America’s grotesque white legacy?

Imagine a world without prejudice, inequality and hate. That’s a world in which whites learn their place and begin to atone for … well, exercising the privilege of being white.

Dr. Tweed is a tenured professor of humanities at a middling university on the US east coast. “Barclay Tweed” is a pseudonym that the author hopes will prevent any macro or microagressions by esteemed and knowledgeable colleagues against future prospects for career advancement.


He blogs at

I have a sinking suspicion the professor is being a bit sarcastic here to provoke discussion.


A few comments are sufficient here

“Beware of the pedant, the man in the ivory tower, who cannot be trusted any more than the rabble of the streets. Too long cloistered in the halls of academe, the first are dangerous, for they fail to understand the world, and know not reality. The second are like a mindless storm, roaring and insatiable, full of rage, and a self righteous and acquisitive passion … Cicero of Rome

The nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools….Thucydides


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14 Responses to The Triumph of MTV’s “White People”

  1. jephfree says:

    granpa & grandma & pops & ma worked real hard 2 give us a better life, they were succesful.


  2. hirundine608 says:

    Outside of the U.S. of A. I’m not entirely sure that is true? In Canada there are laws compelling businesses to hire visible minorities before others. Now it may not be as rosy as it sounds? Still having another language like Mandarin or Cantonese. Is a definite advantage on west coast. Cheers Jamie.


    • Dublinsmick says:

      I attended expo 86 in Vancouver. And yes there were large numbers of Chinese.

      The United States has those very laws. It is basically the ability to decide life and death, who survives and who doesn’t.


  3. Dublinsmick says:

    All comments have now been posted.
    Of course when discussing ethnic privilege and slavery, it is wise to look at some views of black Americans.

    This particular essay appeared on VT, a site I am not particularly fond of however, we must take what is relevant these days in my opinion anyway.

Jonas E. Alexis studied mathematics and philosophy as an undergraduate at Palm Beach Atlantic University and has a master’s degree in education from Grand Canyon University.
    Some of his main interests include the history of Christianity, U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book ,Christianity & Rabbinic Judaism: A History of Conflict Between Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism from the first Century to the Twenty-first Century.

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  4. Dublinsmick says:

    Dublinsmick says:
    July 15, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    I have never worked anywhere other than Yuma, Arizona, Trenton Michigan and Florida and only resided out of Florida for a period of 10 years. So I am not as well traveled as you might think.

    I am not the least bit “anti-semitic” as I have a great respect for the Palestinians and others in that area of the world. That dog doesn’t hunt so well anymore. I suppose if you are looking for a label, call me anti-deceptive. I don’t like deceivers, false flaggers, liars, usurers, murderers nor status quo enforcers.

    Do you accuse everyone you disagree with of being a guv change agent? There wasn’t much cloak and dagger in the BP, you could either catch aliens or not. Studies today show that Khazar jews have little genetic relation to Semites or Sephardic jews, whose children by the way in Israel were experimented on and given high doses of cranial radiation. They originated in the Black Sea area and migrated to Palestine. They are what many Christians refer to as the Edomites, those whom Jesus referred to as (those who say they are jews but are not jews).

    As for your description of who makes up the oligarchy, jews hold the reigns of power in just about every western nation with possibly Iceland being the exception. They jailed the bankers and started over. They now have a record standard of living. No cheap Icelandic fish for Europe.

    But as for Bill Gates you would know more him being an Irishman than I would. My rule of thumb has always been if it looks like a duck, talks like a duck and walks like a duck, it probably is a duck.

    Since you have concerns about retired border patrol agents and we are getting to know each other, exactly what is your line of work? My guess is you are a professor who is very accustomed to intimidating naive college students who are just learning about the world. The smart ones realize a diploma requires they put up with a lot of nonsense along the way. I already have my diploma.

    Since we are reading each other’s mind. You strike me as possibly one of the multitude of types on the web and various forms that I refer to as “status quo enforcers”. In other words keep the flow of information within established parameters. They are wound up to descend on certain hot button issues. I read they are hiring them by the boatload.

    The reason I am responding is you immediately began by name calling and disparagement. Try and spend more time refuting my post if you don’t agree with it. The professor initiated a post which deals with “whites”. So naturally there is going to be some ethnic discussion. Put on your big boy pants and join in. Tired cliches such as you are antisemitic are pass’e these days. In fact we appear to be moving toward a definition antisemitism which seems to be anyone winning an argument against a semite. Even worse anyone who is not jewish must be anti-semitic. Are we there yet?

    As I said earlier since we are getting to know each other, my distant cousin is Doc Holliday.

    I’m your Huckleberry

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  5. Latney Davis says:

    Dublinsmick, YOU have apparently not done much research about YOUR idol Lincoln. The Civil War had NOTHING to do with “slavery”, and everything to do with “preserving the union at any/all cost”.

    Your public school teachings about Lincoln are not only inaccurate, but intentionally biased to the level of absurd. Lincoln would absolutely be considered a RACIST full of HATE SPEECH if “He” were to repeat much of his historically recorded speeches TODAY!

    I have NOTHING TO REPENT FOR, OR FEEL GUILTY FOR, BEING WHITE! My ancestors were hard working, non-slave owning southern farmers!!!!!

    If pretending to be a “self-loathing white” elevates YOUR self esteem, I pity you! YOU are a POLITICALLY CORRECT traitor to your own race! Wherever the “PC winds blow”, YOU will be found!

    The privilege of being white ended for the AVERAGE WORKING MAN/WOMAN many years ago in this country. NOW, self-haters like YOU, want to make RACE a renewed playing card again!!!! Jesse Jackson, Obimbo, and Al Sharpton would be happy to have YOU on-board.

    Good Luck with that ridiculous, racially motivated, PC correct (liberal idiot opinion), apology for being born in my race concept!


  6. Dublinsmick says:

    I have no idea what the hell you are talking about. You might want to read the comments on the original article. An article I didn’t write by the way but have joined others in spoofing the subject.

    I suggest you learn to read before commenting.

    Never drunk post

    by the way this is my take on lincoln which you will find in the comment section of the original post.


    • Latney Davis says:

      “Never drunk post”…a little early for that where I am. I DID NOT read the previous post or comments. If I misinterpreted and reacted ignorantly, then you have my sincere apology and redaction. Getting too “edgy” perhaps. In other words, stupidly playing into THEIR HANDS! Apparently, time for a “time-out”. ;)!


  7. Dublinsmick says:

    Yes lets get back to square one, there is virtually nothing I agree with Tweed on. Like I say read the comments and 3 of mine are missing.


  8. Dublinsmick says:

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  9. Bernard says:

    To think of oneself as special is, it seems to me, a quirk in our psyche and everybody has at one time or another indulged in it. But how harmful is it, really?

    Chinese think of Caucasians as White Devils, while they themselves are called “wogs’ or “chinks” by Europeans. French are pejoratively ridiculed as “frogs” and a Bavarian German may refer to a non-Bavarian German as a “saupreiss” (freely translated as “Prussian pig”) and so on and so forth ad nauseam. As somebody of German origin I have, for example, been called “kraut”! So what?! I can live with that! I am not a fluffy bunny or a tender butterfly!

    To consider oneself superior, based on race and ethnicity, culture or religion or what have you is a universal phenomenon – and, yes, sometimes it is even justified! During the Middle Ages the “chinks” and their culture were in almost every respect superior to the White Devils with their benighted culture and religion.

    The Chinese might look down on Caucasians but do they call, at the behest of their so-called god, for our genocide? Exactly! There is one, and ONLY one tribe that has genocide turned into a religious duty and there is no prize for guessing who that somebody is.

    Let’s name the enemy and to hell with political correctness! The Jew is our enemy!

    You know the saying: “sticks and stones ……” What can hurt, though, is when those who deem themselves better than others call for the death of those “inferior” to them. And there is sure as hell nothing superior about the Jew save in his deluded mind!

    It does not matter whether actual physical extermination of the White Race is the goal of the New World Order or the destruction of our sense of self, our identity, our respective cultures and the subsequent disappearance into one homogenized hoi polloi.

    This is a war against us. And we have not only a right but a duty to defend ourselves.
    Read my post I REST MY CASE on


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