Do Black People still wear two faces?

The simple question for today: do black people still wear two faces? Yesterday I saw Lee Daniels The Butler and the characters referenced the two faces black people wear. One for the white people in their lives and another when they are in the presence of black people. Is this still true? Is this still necessary? Share your thoughts.

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  • Anonymous  On August 18, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Well, it depends. Some people have the same face no matter what presence you’re in.

    It just depends how much you hang out with both races at a time. If you hang out with a more diverse crowd composed of blacks and whites, you’ll have no problem having to try to differentiate yourself in either presence. If you hang out with a more black- or white-majority group, with how you act with one set may either cause you to have culture shock and try to assimilate yourself into the group. It just depends on who you associate yourself with and how much time you spend with a group of people.

    Is it necessary? No. Does it exist? Definitely. As I said before, if you associate with a single race group, you will have the mannerisms of said group and you will also assimilate to another group depending on their mannerisms as well.

  • notyourbabysmama  On August 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I believe most people wear 2 faces. One being their professional face and the other being their personal face. The problem that some African Americans face is that they consider all interactions with other races as formal or professional like. The interactions are considered professional like because they either have had no contact with another race or because they are intimidated.

    Isn’t this the same question posed by W.E.B Dubious in his “The Souls of Black Folks”? Success is when the two identities marry each other and no longer fighting one another. Personally, I don’t act one way with White people and another with African Americans because I am neither intimidated nor am I ignorant in the thinking that White people act any different than Black people. One feels the need to act differently when they don’t know any better.

    Is acting one way in front of White people versus another way in front of Black people still necessary? I don’t think so. I think what is necessary is for African Americans to stop looking at themselves as less than. The idea that acting White is acting intelligent, polished, or professional is what is really wrong. Of course one is more relaxed in the midst of people who are familiar to them, but the change in action should not be that drastic.

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