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Two-Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0415954761 ISBN-10: 0415954762 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415954762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415954761
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe R. Feagin is professor in the facutly of arts at Texas A & M and author of numerous books, including White Racism and Systemic Racism.

Dr. Leslie Houts Picca is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. in sociology and women’s studies and gender research graduate certificate from the University of Florida. Dr. Picca’s areas of special interest are race and ethnicities, structures of privilege (especially whiteness), and the sociology of sexualities. In early 2007, she added her expertise to a vigorous national discussion of racism among white college students, and was quoted in more than 160 media outlets. Dr. Picca has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Inside Higher Education and CNN's Paula Zahn, among others, about racism.


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ernest on November 23, 2010
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Occasionally in the U.S. media, one reads articles about whites making racist comments about racial minorities in areas that are considered to be private, such as racist statements made by senior Texaco executives at a 1994 meeting or Senate majority leader Harry Reid stating that President Obama had a chance of winning because he was both "light-skinned" and didn't speak with a "negro dialect", or a Harvard Law student sending an e-mail asserting that blacks, on average, are less intelligent. However, this book "Two-Faced Racism" demonstrates that these are not random, isolated incidents but represent a wide spread phenomenon among many whites where they present a color-blind public front while in private settings they reveal the racist views they hold towards people of color. The authors of the book, as part of an extra credit assignment, has 626 white students in colleges and universities throughout the United States write the racial incidents they view over the course of a school semester. To avoid an over reporting of racial incidents and to get a full account of the racism they observe, the students are not graded on the number of incidents they report but rather on the content and quality of their writing. Moreover, the authors decide to focus on white college students since they are considered to be progressive on racial matters and will become the future leaders and professionals of American society. At the end of the semester, the students report 7500 racist incidents against people of color with the overwhelming targets being black Americans. While this is not a random sample, the authors estimate that millions of these types of racist incidents occur during the course of a year.Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. John on October 4, 2009
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I found myself carrying this book around even after I'd read it once. Was it because people would ask me about it (mainly black people)? Was it because I wanted white people to think about the subject? Was it because it gave me immunity when I experienced covert racism and called people on it?

ALL OF THE ABOVE, and more! I kept re-reading parts and quoting from it; it was better to have the book handy to look up the quotes.

This was a great study and is a wonderful book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arnie Tracey on November 30, 2012
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An at-times-preachy peek behind the fake poker faces of Americans (white America). The solicited diaries of college students, as they journalize the congenital racist backstage antics of their friends, strangers, families and co-workers.

To paraphrase Homer Simpson: Sad because it's true.

The road to national perdition passes through this centuries old, socially sanctioned, utterly normalized mental-illness.

Great read--Highly recommended for one and all.
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