Wow, what a set of noteworthy responses! I would like to add additional comments to the ones I already made.
I agree that this documentary could have included additional information, statistics and perspectives that may have expanded the subject more. Nevertheless I still think MTV did an adequate job with this program considering the 40 minute time limits.
However unlike other respondents here, I did not feel that the program "shamed" or "bashed" white/European American individuals. I find it interesting that some members of socially privileged populations deem any social critique of their privilege as an attack on them. Perhaps this is because some who identify as "white" are not accustomed to be challenged to reflect on the role that social privilege may have on other people's lives as well as their own. As provocative as the "White People" title may seem to some, I think the title itself was trying to make a point. How different would a white/European American's person feeling of being unfairly singled out by this documentary be from that of a heterosexual person who may feel "bashed" when others speak about heterosexual privilege?
Years ago I was a facilitator for "diversity training" initiatives as part of my job. One thing that I have learned is that to make the process of overcoming social and institutional racism successful, we must address "white privilege", and these types of discussions will always make some people uncomfortable. And that is precisely the point: without discomfort, there is no spark or incentive to change. Change itself is often an uncomfortable process and I think that Mr. Vargas illustrated that very well in the documentary. If after having discussions about race nobody feels uncomfortable, then we failed in our objective to challenge and overcome racial injustice.
I still believe that challenging people's perceptions on these issues can be done in a respectful and dignified manner. I believe that all of us at some point have been both survivors and perpetrators of injustice. However I also think that in most cases when we do or say things that offend others, we may be doing so inadvertently. Thus respectfully challenging each other is one constructive way of overcoming racial injustice.
May this type of robust dialogue continue!