Since the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Rekia Boyd, and countless other unarmed Black Americans over the past few years, our country has been engaged in uncomfortable conversations about race. Though people of color have been at the forefront of the discussions, some white folks—even well meaning ones—have been hesitant to chime in.
Recently, MTV announced it was airing a documentary about how young white people grapple with race, but the New York Times has also jumped into the fray.
In “A Conversation with White People on Race,” filmmakers Michèle Stephenson and Blair Foster interviewed several people to get their take on what it means to be white.
In the 5-minute short documentary, most participants admitted to being uncomfortable talking about race because they didn’t want to say anything offensive, while others admitted they rarely even thought about being white.
According to the filmmakers, frank conversations are exactly what they hoped to provoke.
“We’ve attempted to lean into that discomfort [white people finding it uncomfortable to talk about race] and prompt some self-reflection. We are all part of this system, and therefore we all have a responsibility to work toward dismantling it. If we’re going to have an honest conversation about race in America, that includes thinking – and talking – about what it means to be white in America. It might be uncomfortable, but it’s a conversation that must involve all of us.”
Take a look.
What do you think about the growing focus on the white perspective on race?