Two-Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage

Two-Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage refers to a 2007 book published by sociologists Leslie H. Picca and Joe R. Feagin. Using journals collected by 626 White college students across the United States, the authors examine Whites' private conversations and conclude that racism is thriving in White-only social networks. The White students' interactions were “two-faced,” or remarkably different if they were in the company of people of color (“frontstage”) compared to only among other Whites (“backstage”).

The Racial Context

Much has been written about the changing forms of racial relations, particularly with the election of the first African American (or biracial) president of the United States. Some argue that we are now in a postracial society where race and ethnicity are no longer important variables ...

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