Has the level of racist thought, commentary, and action declined as much as public opinion surveys indicate? Or has much racist thought, commentary, and action become concentrated in the “social backstage,” with less performed in the “social frontstage” because of pressures to be socially correct (“colorblind”) there? Dr. Feagin and colleagues asked 626 white students at 28 colleges and universities across all regions of the United States to record their observations of everyday events dealing with racial issues, images, and understanding. Here he presents some of their findings.
Dr. Joe Feagin is the McFadden Professor at Texas A&M University. He has written 53 books, is the 2006 recipient of a Harvard Alumni Achievement Award and was the 1999-2000 President of the American Sociological Association.
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