The network that popularized reality TV with The Real World, and then brought you such hard-hitting docu-style series as True Life: I Want a Threesome, has now put out a nationwide casting call for a new documentary about what it’s like to be white in America.
Produced by the Brooklyn-based Punched in the Head Productions, the documentary will reportedly tell the stories of young white people (ages 16-24) and their experiences dealing with race. The casting call asks questions such as: ”Are you being made to feel guilty because you’re white?” and “Are you having a problem with race on social media?”
An MTV survey (pdf) conducted earlier this year revealed that 48% of white millennials believe that discrimination against white people has become as big a problem as discrimination against racial minorities.
The survey also reveals something corroborated by other polls—millennials in general have a difficult time talking about race. But MTV’s decision to make a documentary casting white victims of racism is a bit perplexing, especially following months of less choreographed racial strife on television.