WSSU student lands spot in MTV documentary ‘White People’

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WINSTON-SALEM, N. C. — A student from Winston-Salem State University was featured in a controversial new MTV documentary about race relations that aired this week.

Dakota Wright, a student at WSSU, is part of a documentary filmed by MTV.

Dakota Wright, a student at WSSU, is part of a documentary filmed by MTV.

In the documentary, “White People,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas travels around the country talking with young white people about their perceptions of questions about white privilege, affirmative action and racial identity.

The first segment in the hour-long program features Dakota Wright, a senior psychology major at Winston-Salem State University. Wright, 23, graduated from Carroll County High School in Hillsville, Va. in 2010. He now lives in Tobaccoville with his parents.

In addition to Wright’s segment, it includes clips that were shot in February at the former Community Arts Café Underground Theater, with Vargas moderating a discussion with a group of young people about race relations. It was one of several such discussions shot around the country for the program.

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